The Turin Horse
The Turin Horse (2012)

On January 3, 1889 in Turin, Italy, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, a cab driver is having trouble with a stubborn horse. The horse refuses to move, whereupon the driver loses… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 17, 2012
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Uncompromisingly bold and hauntingly beautiful, Bela Tarr's bleak parable tells a simple story with weighty conviction.

J. Hoberman

This great poem on the end of the world is truly a film for the ages. It can't really be described, but only lived.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It feels like the creation story in reverse -- a terrible, unavoidable walk into the dark.

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Louis Proyect

Deeply pessimistic but cinematically radiant take on the futility of existence.

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Mike D'Angelo
L.A. Weekly

No movie could possibly live up to the monumental, forbidding grandeur of The Turin Horse's lengthy opening shot, but [Bela Tarr]... goes ahead and attempts the impossible, and comes frighteningly close to succeeding.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Reader

Through Tarr's meticulous vision, these ordinary hardships take on cosmic weight; this is tedium vividly rendered.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This film seems to imply that non-existence is preferable to existence. Some people feel that way, but I wish they would keep it to themselves and not inflict this on others through this kind of media.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

"The Turin Horse" is a parable, which means it's both very simple and very weighty. It's not about event and emotion, but duration and endurance.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

An intentionally monotonous look at the lives of a farmer and his daughter. Strange events signal the end is nigh, but it approaches at the pace of a lethargic inchworm.

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Cole Smithey

"The Turin Horse" is an existential provocation to its audience, demanding that we consider the effect of man's judgments against nature and ultimately against ourselves.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
Dialogues (and monologues) have never been Tárr's forte, so it is wonderful to see him make a mostly silent and simple portrayal of the burden of existence… More
Max Coombes
The story goes: "In Turin on 3rd January, 1889, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, the driver… More
Reid Volk
The Turin Horse offers all of the fun of burying your grandmother, without the comfort of having the rest of your family near. Bleak, full of mysterious beauty… More
Walter M.
To the casual observer, it might appear that there is nothing happening in the supremely deliberately paced, yet somehow oddly mesmerizing "The Turin… More
William Dunmyer
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Cameron Johnson
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