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The Turin Horse [DVD]

János Derzsi , Erika Bók , Bela Tarr    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos
  • Directors: Bela Tarr
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087QC09S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,122 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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"Film at its most powerful" - Nick James, The Observer

Raw, compelling and emotionally devastating, Béla Tarr s final film is a daringly original and searingly vivid work of artistically precise, philosophically rigorous filmmaking that has left audiences the world over gasping for breath.

Taking its cue from Nietzsche s famous confrontation on Via Carlo Alberto, The Turin Horse depicts the aftermath of this seemingly innocuous but destructively profound encounter. Following a man and his daughter in their daily routine, a bizarre series of disturbing events slowly begin to strip life of its very essence resulting in a terrifying, all-consuming finale...

"A glorious, terrifying mystery... that drills into the core of your soul" - Time Out

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars there is nothing that comes close... 9 Jun 2012
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There is no plot outside of the daily grind that a father and daughter go through- attempting to saddle a resistant horse, preparing dinner (boiling spuds) eating dinner (with a touch of salt), listening to the wind, watching the wind and visiting the well. I have always been a fan of Bela Tarr but approached this with trepidation- it seemed almost a parody of his previous work, taking too far the patience of the audience... I could not have been more wrong.

Once again Vig's music is phenomenal- the grinding, aching, maddening repetition of a single motif you could listen to forever- even more grinding and maddening than Valuska or Oreg (from Werkmeister Harmonies). The long shots are still there but now without the giant whales and hospital raids to give them a gripping, visceral force- instead, this is cinema pared right down to the bone. There is only the long shot of the daily task. And still it manages to be utterly mesmerising... Kelemen (the cinematographer) is a large part of this, as is the wind-- but mostly it is the mental directions you get pulled in, the world you are given time to occupy and explore, questions ask and secrets reveal.

It is Tarr's last film- his most experimental, his most bleak... and, I truly believe, one of the greatest films of all time,
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wind cries... 25 July 2012
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
What makes a great film?
The idea occured to me towards the end of this lengthy, apparently final work of Bela Tarr, in the small cinema screen where I saw it on its one meagre day`s release, a dozen or so of us there to watch it weave its rare spell.
Well, is it the overlapping backchat of His Girl Friday; Wayne`s eyes of depthless rage in Red River; the shadowy doorways, delirious camera angles and suggestively empty squares of The Third Man; or perhaps it`s the ecstatic tree fighting and wall climbing in Crouching Tiger...or the deceptively simple fables of Eric Rohmer? Yes! Yes, all that and more. You just need to open yourself to the possibility that there might be some way of filming `life` that you haven`t seen yet - or at least not in such a way before.
This is my first exposure to Bela Tarr. I have been longing to see one of the Hungarian`s films since I heard they existed, especially having lived for two years in Budapest, and therefore interested in anything emanating from that strange and exasperating country. I sat engrossed and riveted, despite a two-and-a-half-hour running time, and its grudgingly unhurried pace. But if you are at all used to `slow` films (but what, after all, is a `slow film`...?) you will no doubt be as spellbound as I was by this stunningly beautiful black-and-white tale, whose impetus comes from a (true) anectote concerning the philosopher Nietzsche, who witnessed a horse being whipped, which appears to have brought on the breakdown that led to the insanity of his final years.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr's last film `The Turin horse' is based on a story of how the German philosopher Freidrich Nietzsche witnessed a cart driver beating a horse, and threw himself in front of the animal to stop the beating. According to legend, this event signaled the onset of a mental breakdown from which Nietzsche never recovered.

Set in the 19th Century, in a remote and unknown place lives a man, his daughter and their horse. The story is based on the last days of the horse, old and weary and physically exhausted as his owner. Theirs is a harsh and unforgiving existence, living on nothing more than water and boiled potatoes, and the occasional glass of plum brandy. The horse refuses to eat or work, which threatens its owner's livelihood.

`The Turin horse' is pared down to the minimum, individual scenes are shot in great length. The rigours of life are shown in all its isolated detail, little happens, little is said, little can be done. Its difficult to look beyond this, which i think is what Tarr was trying to evoke. The trouble is that its an incredibly difficult proposition for anyone to experience it, its not even a depressing film but the lack of anything of interest other than this empty existence and the windswept landscape is hard to sustain. Tarr shows you the arduousness of their life and what such an existence was like, as stirring as this daily routine is it will test your patience. There is only so much poetry that can be drawn from the emptiness and the struggle of survival, perhaps Nietzsche's mental breakdown was no surprise?

What does lift this film is the exquisite black and white photography, the best i've seen since Michael Haneke's `White Ribbon'.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique 26 Feb 2013
By Iris
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This is the strangest film I've ever watched. It's in black and white, virtually no speaking (sub-titled). Very atmospheric. It's a long film and the climax is so slow in arriving that it keeps you wondering where it's going for the duration of the film. I must admit I did find it challenging to stick at but I was in the mood to watch it and I had no interruptions. The haunting thoughts it provoked stayed with me for days afterwards. So many unanswered questions. A very powerful film. You'll either love it or hate it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and pessimistic film
Bela Tarr is not an easy director. His films are hard to digest but absolutely worth the while. It is said that this will be his last film, as he is not going to shoot another... Read more
Published 16 days ago by ipjackie
1.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Cure for Insomnia I know
If the art form is retelling each day as one long bore, full of hardship and toil, this film is magnificent. On the other hand, if you're looking for escapism, this is not it!
Published 6 months ago by Swedish Brian
3.0 out of 5 stars New to Tarr? Start elsewhere.
As a confirmed fan of Bela Tarr I came to this anticipating another example of his soulful, intelligent, aesthetically beautiful cinema. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarr just hit it out of the park
A beautiful film where art and cinema meet. It's like being plugged into a dream machine for 2 hours and then being left to put the pieces of your brain back together ( this dream... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. S. R. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Stark beauty...a grim simplicity pictured with a mystic light that...
This film has the same mesmerizing quality as of a film of Tarkovsky. It is "slow motion" in the most literal sense, almost nothing happens for 2˝ hrs, very little is said... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Eveline Preibsch
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to watch
A remarkable achievement cinematically, but difficult to watch. Certainly not a barrel of laughs. Classic art-house fare, not for everyone.
Published 11 months ago by John Waldie
5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing vision into the heart of the human condition
Bela Tarr's 2011 uncompromising masterpiece The Turin Horse is a hugely challenging, devastatingly beautiful and highly rewarding meditation on the end of the world. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Film Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding film, an artistic beauty.
The Turin Horse is a very special sort of film; it requires much concentration and to be watched in a silent room either by oneself or with a partner. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chris Whiteside
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure You Can 'Love It' But It's Still Masterful
You would think that a film with about ten scenes where the main characters exchange about 20 words over 140 minutes would be slow, and you wouldn't be wrong. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars Turin Horse
Bela Tarr can't go wrong. An extraordinary film, remarkable imagery and profound though I could not see how Nietzche fitted in. I think the book of Job Ch. 27 fits perfectly. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Caroline
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