I watched a movie for a change when I got sick and tired of doing book keeping for filing a tax return. It was called “The Turin horse.”
At first, I was lying down on the sofa and watching it. But I got up and started leaning toward the monitor before I knew it. “This movie is unusual!” I was excited and completely intrigued by the movie.
“The Turin horse” is a film directed by a Hungarian director, Tarr Bela. He was inspired by an episode of a famous philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche and made this film. The episode is; Nietzsche saw a man beating his horse because it hardly moved. Nietzsche approached the horse, put his arms around its neck gently and started crying. It is said that this incident drove him to his mental breakdown.
However, this movie doesn’t refer to the incident in any way. It just depicts the every day life of a farmer and his daughter who live in the middle of nowhere. They wake up, put on clothes, light a fire in the stove, cook two potatoes, draw water from a well, go to the stable, feed their horse and such. It seems to be a boring and laborious ritual. The only change that we can notice is the wind, which is strange. It blows violently outside their house.
Day in, day out, the farmer and his daughter go through their routines. The wind is getting stronger and stronger and they sense something devastating is going to happen. Soon after, the well runs dry and a fire goes out, they are swallowed by the darkness. They don’t know exactly what is in store for them, but feel something in the air that is hard for them to imagine. It might be God, or the last day of their world.
When it comes to Nietzsche, one of his best-known remarks is “God it dead.”
Tarr Bela might want to describe the end of the world based on the episode of Nietzsche and a horse. The monochrome pictures are very beautiful but the air in the movie is horrible at the same time. We are just to live in the world, which is ruled by something intangible.
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