Tuesday, August 21, 2012
On DVD/Blu-ray/Netflix streaming: THE TURIN HORSE (2011)
(Hungary/France/Switzerland/Germany/US - 2011; 2012 US release)
Directed by Bela Tarr, Agnes Hranitzky. Written by Laszlo Krasznahorkai and Bela Tarr. Cast: Erika Bok, Janos Derszi, Mihaly Kormos, Ricsi. (Unrated, 155 mins)
Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr, best known for the seven-and-a-half hour epic SATANTANGO (1994), announced his retirement from filmmaking with THE TURIN HORSE, which runs a relatively brief 155 minutes. THE TURIN HORSE is grim, oppressive, slow, and monotonous, but Tarr finds beauty in the bleakness, with rich, stark, black & white cinematography that reveals every detail in the harsh confines of the characters' lives.