To The Wonder

This was the last movie review Roger Ebert filed.
“Released less than two years after his The Tree of Life, an epic that began with the dinosaurs and peered into an uncertain future, Terrence Malick's To the Wonder is a film that contains only a handful of important characters and a few crucial moments in their lives.
“The movie stars Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko as a couple who fall deeply, tenderly, transcendently in love in France. Malick opens as they visit the French coast, and moves to the banks of the Seine, but really, its landscape is the terrain of these two bodies, and the worshipful ways in which Neil and Marina approach each other. Snatches of dialogue, laughter, shared thoughts, drift past us.
“Marina decides to move with her daughter to America with Neil, and the setting suddenly becomes the flatlands of Oklahoma. Again there is the hushed serenity, but differences grow between them, and there is anger now in some of their words. Neil reconnects with Jane (Rachel McAdams), an American girl he was once in love with, and romantic perfection seems to slip away.
“In Oklahoma, we meet Father Quintana (Javier Bardem), a priest from Europe, whose faith has been challenged. Many of his statements are directed toward Jesus Christ, as a sort of former lover. Quintana visits prisoners, the ill, the poor and the illiterate.
“As all of these relationships intertwine, Malick depicts them with deliberate beauty and painterly care. A more conventional film would have made their motivations more clear. Malick, who is surely one of the most romantic and spiritual of filmmakers, appears almost naked here before his audience, a man not able to conceal the depth of his vision. There will be many who find To the Wonder elusive. But here Malick has attempted to reach more deeply than that: to reach beneath the surface, and find the soul in need.”- Roger Ebert


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To The Wonder

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