Released: 01/06/2012 Released in key citiesIn a Turin square a tired horse is flogged. This act is said to have sparked the breakdown of Friedrich Nietzsche, and thus the interest of Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr, who takes up the story of horse and owner in this look at daily existence at its bleakest. Exceptionally long shots helped make the film (which Tarr claims to be his last) a Berlin Film Festival winner. For more information visit: http://www.artificial-eye.com/film.php?cinema=turinhorse&plugs&qt=true&wm=false Buy: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/films/details/1186/the-turin-horse/ Watch:
The Observer“http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/jun/03/turin-horse-review-bela-tarr” In 1889 Friedrich Nietzsche went suddenly insane after throwing his arms around an abused horse in Turin. "Mother, I'm stupid," he said and never recovered. The narrator's statement ends: "Of the horse we know nothing."...
Empire“It may be bleak, but this lingers in the mind long after you've seen it...” A study in arduous monotony, but much can be read into this exceptional exercise in so called ‘remodernist’ cinema...
Guardian“Bleak and Nietzsche-inspired...” The movie exerts an eerie grip, with echoes of Bresson, Bergman and Dreyer, but is utterly distinctive: a vision of a world going inexorably into a final darkness...
The Independent“Seems to have strayed out of a Beckett play...” The Hungarian auteur's gnomic, slow-moving storytelling style and grim absurdism demand patience but the formal mastery here is astounding...
Little White Lies“Nothing short of riveting...” If this does prove to be Tarr’s last film, one couldn’t ask for a more masterful, purely cinematic coda to this singular and most Beckettian filmmaker’s astonishing career...
Time Out“A glorious, terrifying mystery...” It’s an epic portrait of drudging peasantry, set, biblically, over six days – and it is a film that drills into the core of your soul...
Total Film “Tarr risks self-parody...” If you’ve got the stomach for it this is an intoxicating vision of life at the end of its tether...
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