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The Turin Horse


János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos, Ricsi View All


Béla Tarr (Screenplay), Béla Tarr (Director), László Krasznahorkai (Screenplay) View All

Release: Feb. 15th, 2011
Runtime: 2 hours, 35 minutes
A monumental windstorm and an abused horse's refusal to work or eat signal the beginning of the end for a poor farmer and his daughter.
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Some may wonder why anyone would sit through nearly 3 hours of slow zooms, pans and leaves blowing, and barely a plot - but that is Tarr's philosophical nature.
In a bleak, wind-swept landscape, a father (Jnos Derzsi) and his daughter (Erika Bk) live alone in a house, along with a horse who pulls the father's cart.
This spells almost certain doom for the sanity of our main man, as is to be expected in movies like this after movies like Jeanne Dielman came out (I suppose now I have two primary slow cinema movies to compare when watching other slow cinema pieces).