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- (A TORINÓI IÓ) 2011, Béla Tarr, Hungary, 146 min. With János Derzsi, Erika Bók “Beautiful... an experience of exaltation.” —A.O. Scott, The New York Times “Astonishingly powerful...THE TURIN HORSE has a burnished beauty that’s awe-inspiring.” —Scott Tobias, The Onion Even if Béla Tarr hadn’t announced that THE TURIN HORSE would be his last film, it would still qualify as one of the major film events of the year. The legendary Hungarian auteur of SÁTÁNTANGÓ has fashioned a supreme distillation of his distinctive vision, based on elaborate long takes, meticulous sound design, and richly textured black-and-white cinematography. Beginning with an 1889 incident in which the mistreatment of a horse triggered Friedrich Nietzsche’s nervous breakdown, the film follows the horse’s owner to the isolated, windswept farm where he lives with his daughter. Over the course of six days, we see their daily routine--eating potatoes, fetching water, staring out the window--as a series of increasingly dire portents engulfs their existence: the well runs dry, the horse won’t eat, darkness descends. Invested with a potent mixture of absurdism and grandeur, THE TURIN HORSE is a bracing vision of apocalypse and entropy that critics have compared to Cormac McCarthy and Samuel Beckett. In Hungarian with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)
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