Wednesday, June 26, 2013

To the wonder

Director: Terrence Malick

Starring: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem

To the Wonder is a love story and exploration of a man who finds it increasingly difficult to believe in the things he has devoted his life to. Neil (Ben Affleck) is an American tourist who meets Ukrainian divorcee, Marina (Olga Kurylenko), in France. The pair fall in love and relocate to Oklahoma to marry. Marina grows restless, passions cool, and eventually she takes her daughter back to France. Neil meantime seizes the opportunity and rekindles an affair with Jane (Rachel McAdams) a local rancher. Just as at all seems to be working out for Neil, Marina returns seeking another chance and a classic, tragic love triangle is played out against the empty, pitiless vista of an Oklahoma sky. A sort of paradise lost in celluloid but the cinema photography is good, otherwise but pretty hard going.

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