The Turin Horse – Bela Tarr & Ignes Hranitzky

Understanding our psychological landscape through films.

The invocation of Nietzsche at the beginning sets the existential theme of the movie, death, prompting us that we are slowly moving towards it.

The genius of Tarr and Hranitzky do an obscenely great job at depicting Hobbes’ notion of ‘natural state’ where humans live in continual fear of death, and the life of human that is solitary, poor, nasty, and brutish.

The film subtly depicts the state that we are thrown in and our day to day purposeless struggle for survival.

The haunting images by Fred Kelemen make one realize of the complete absence of meaning in our struggle for survival and the hypnotic score by master composer Vig Mihaly heightens this experience.

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Tejas Shah

TEJAS SHAH is a PhD Scholar and has M.Phil in Clinical Psychology (RCI), MSc in Psychology, MA in Philosophy and a Degree in Law (LL.B) from University of Mumbai; he is practicing as Chief Clinical Psychologist at Healing Studio. His research interests are consciousness, phenomenology, positive psychology, philosophical counselling and mindfulness. You can connect with him on [email protected].

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