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Turin Horse

  • Hungary / 2011 / 146min / 35mm / Colour
  • Original Title : A Torinoi Lo
  • Language : Hungarian
  • Genre : Drama
  • Director : Bela Tarr, Agnes Hranitzky (co-director)
  • Screenwriter : Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Bela Tarr
  • Cinematographer : Fred Kelemen
  • Editor : Agnes Hranitzky
  • Music : Mihaly Vig
  • Cast : Janos Derzsi, Erika Bok, Mihaly Kormos


In 1889, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche witnessed the whipping of a horse while travelling in Turin, Italy. He tossed his arms around the horse's neck to protect it then collapsed to the ground. In less than one month, Nietzsche would be diagnosed with a serious mental illness that left him bedridden and speechless until his death 11 years later. But whatever happened to the horse? This film, Tarr's last, follows up this question in a fictionalized story. The man who whipped the horse is a rural farmer who makes his living taking on carting jobs to the city with a horse-drawn cart. The horse is old and in very poor health, but does its best to obey its master's commands. The farmer and his daughter must come to the understanding that it will be unable to go on sustaining their livelihoods.

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