The Turin Horse Reviews

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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.
May 31, 2012
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.
May 31, 2012
Thrilling, beautiful and nearly heart-stopping...
May 31, 2012
It feels like the creation story in reverse -- a terrible, unavoidable walk into the dark.
May 31, 2012
A magnificent, towering achievement.
May 23, 2012
If you've got the stomach for it this is an intoxicating vision of life at the end of its tether.
May 16, 2012
This film takes work, but its effect, once you've opened yourself to it, is profound.
April 20, 2012
The good news is that a new Bela Tarr movie is here. The bad news is that Tarr, who is easily one of the greatest filmmakers alive today -- and perhaps of all time -- has announced that The Turin Horse will be his last.
April 6, 2012
Ohlsdorfer and his daughter are incidental, elements in a landscape, unable to affect it or their fate, no matter their puny efforts to maintain routine, perhaps the most alarming sign of their so-called civilization.
April 6, 2012
Through Tarr's meticulous vision, these ordinary hardships take on cosmic weight; this is tedium vividly rendered.
April 6, 2012
If this truly is Bela Tarr's final film, there's no arguing he bows out with something extraordinary that no other director could have imagined.
March 16, 2012
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.
March 12, 2012
One of the finest and most sublimely harrowing depictions of the End Times that I have ever seen in a movie.
March 8, 2012
Mihály Vig's dirge-like soundtrack underscores the eloquent futility, which makes Bresson's Balthazar seem Disney-like.
March 2, 2012
Tarr says this is his last movie. And it feels like it. After you've ended the entire world, not with a giant planet collision like Lars Von Trier did in Melancholia but by simply shooting out the lights, what else is there?
March 1, 2012
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.
February 28, 2012
The film is stunningly shot by Fred Kelemen, whose camera snakes around the one room interior of the humble home of 58 year-old cab driver Ohlsdorfer (János Derzsi, with a face Albrecht Dürer would have loved) and his daughter...
February 25, 2012
Hungary's Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film, Béla Tarr's final work is a masterwork. Although a masterwork beyond most viewers' appreciation.
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