The Turin Horse Reviews

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January 16, 2020
...austerely captures humanity's basic struggle, while recognizing in that struggle a certain dignity.
August 6, 2019
At once elegiac and fiercely relevant. Tarr is not content to go quietly into that good night.
January 8, 2019
Maligned by some due to its crawling pace and monotonous repetition, there is still something inexplicably mesmerising and entrancing about Tarr's reputed last film.
January 4, 2019
The Turin Horse is a strikingly beautiful black-and-white film... But then, not much happens in it.
August 27, 2018
Every frame could be a photograph - not because he prefers lengthy, distant takes (his camera is surprisingly mobile and inquisitive for a 'slow cinema' director) but because each frame is perfectly composed with care.
October 4, 2017
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.
October 2, 2017
... 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.
January 30, 2015
Deeply pessimistic but cinematically radiant take on the futility of existence.
September 18, 2014
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.
December 13, 2013
Strangely hypnotic, even mesmerizing.
January 8, 2013
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.
October 29, 2012
"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.
July 22, 2012
Though a heavy and somnolent watch and not for all tastes, it has redeeming value for being so full of reality.
June 28, 2012
"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.
June 18, 2012
[Tarr's] most direct and overtly compassionate film.
June 7, 2012
June 3, 2012
The themes are death, compassion and endurance, but it isn't clear how specific the allegory is. At the end, however, you feel - like the wedding guest buttonholed by the Ancient Mariner - that you've had an experience.
June 2, 2012
Don't miss this two-and-half hour allegorical meditation on death. No, really.
June 1, 2012
So if The Turin Horse's bleak close also represents lights out for one of Europe's most extraordinary film artists, he exits the set with a truly sublime memento mori.
June 1, 2012
Little happens and everything that does is open to interpretation but feels like a gruelling reflection on a world at the end of time.
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