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The Turin Horse

4

Hungarian director Béla Tarr furthers his reputation for ultra-slow cinema

A mistreated horse's refusal to work cues a spiral into unremitting hardship for its owner and his daughter in Béla Tarr’s apocalyptic parable.

Always a hard sell, the Hungarian auteur stretches his reputation for ultra-slow cinema to breaking point; just 30 shots in 146 minutes, each a protracted tone-poem of monochrome misery.

But stick with it and Tarr’s meticulous camerawork conjures an atmosphere as inexplicably moving as it is forbiddingly strange.

No wonder Tarr insists it’s his last film; this is so monumental it feels like it’s been carved from the elements.

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