The Turin Horse

Turin Horse
  • 2011
  • Hungary / France
  • 2h 34min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
  • Written by: Béla Tarr, László Krasznahorkai
  • Cast: János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos
  • Language: Hungarian

A father and daughter scrabble for a living in a remote farm, but their livelihood is threatened when their ageing horse starts to sicken. Maybe not a first-date movie but a compellingly vivid one, in which workaday tasks are endowed with mythic grandeur and ordinary people with mysterious dignity.

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The Turin Horse

16 May 20124 stars

Hard-going but profoundly rewarding piece of arthouse cinema from Bela Tarr

This mournful fable isn’t exactly going to win a whole new crossover audience for Hungary’s master of arthouse tough love, Béla Tarr, but it’s a compelling, vividly realised addition to his unique oeuvre. As a father and daughter scrabble for a living…

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