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: February 10, 2012
DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

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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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

While it's not among Tarr's greatest works, this self-proclaimed final film could not be a more fitting conclusion to a great career, in its strict adherence to both his formal and thematic tendencies.

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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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Robert Koehler
Cinema Scope

... the images in The Turin Horse become in many ways the inner thoughts of its two characters, even as the characters exist inside the images.

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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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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

Starkly beautiful and exceedingly demanding, "The Turin Horse," which Hungarian master Béla Tarr has said will be his last film, is both easy and impossible to define.

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Louis Proyect

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

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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
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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.
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