Film and TV

Today's DVDs & Blu-rays: Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse, Clive Owen in Intruders and Mel Gibson's Latest Disaster

The Turin Horse stars Janos Derzsi, Erika Bok and Risci; Béla Tarr directs.

Our feature DVD/Blu-ray release this week is Hungarian director Béla Tarr's The Turin Horse. Bleak, weighty and solemn, The Turin Horse isn't great entertainment. There aren't any belly laughs, no car chases, no über-sexy vampires. It is, however, wonderful cinema.

Tarr has said this, his ninth film, is his last. It's completely understandable that the filmmaker thinks he's done everything he could hope to, given his body of work. His 1977 debut, Családi tűzfészek (Family Nest), was a spectacular start. His later work included the highly regarded 1988 Kárhozat / Damnation and 2000's Werckmeister harmóniák / Werckmeister Harmonies.

The film takes its title from the story about Friedrich Nietzsche, who saw a horse being beaten by its owner in Turin, Italy, in 1889. The German philosopher was so upset by what he saw, he threw himself on the animal's neck, weeping in despair. It led to a mental breakdown from which Nietzsche never recovered.

The animal in The Turin Horse isn't the same one from Nietzsche's story, but its fate is just as bleak.

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Olivia Flores Alvarez