Purportedly Béla Tarr’s final film, this masterpiece takes its scenario from a traumatic incident in Friedrich Nietzche’s life when he witnessed a horse being mercilessly whipped. Wondering what happened to the horse, the Hungarian auteur crafts a relentless film depicting the domestic life of a horse-cart driver and his daughter. Detailing the bare components of their impoverished daily lives, their existence worsens when their horse refuses to eat, drink, or pull a cart. Hinting at apocalypse with howling winds, scorched-earth terrain and gas lamps going mysteriously dark, Tarr’s incomparable but challenging film shows the persistence (and fruitlessness) of human effort in spite of everything.
Watch a trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KYBCNTzQ31c
Official Website: http://sffs.org/content.aspx?catid=928,942&pageid=2807
Added by cinesoul on March 5, 2012