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To the Wonder (2012)

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After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.

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Terrence Malick

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Terrence Malick
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Neil
Olga Kurylenko ... Marina
Rachel McAdams ... Jane
Javier Bardem ... Father Quintana
Tatiana Chiline Tatiana Chiline ... Tatiana
Romina Mondello ... Anna
Tony O'Gans Tony O'Gans ... Sexton
Charles Baker ... Carpenter
Marshall Bell ... Bob
Casey Williams Casey Williams ... Neighbor #1
Jack Hines Jack Hines ... Neighbor #2
Paris Always Paris Always ... Classmate #1
Samaria Folks Samaria Folks ... Classmate #2
Jamie Conner Jamie Conner ... Teenage Girl with Baby
Francis Gardner Francis Gardner ... Woman at Wedding
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Storyline

Neil (Ben Affleck) is an American traveling in Europe who meets and falls in love with Marina (Olga Kurylenko), a Ukrainian divorcée who is raising her 10-year-old daughter Tatiana in Paris. The lovers travel to Mont St. Michel, the island abbey off the coast of Normandy, basking in the wonder of their newfound romance. Neil makes a commitment to Marina, inviting her to relocate to his native Oklahoma with Tatiana. He takes a job as an environmental inspector and Marina settles into her new life in America with passion and vigor. After a holding pattern, their relationship cools. Marina finds solace in the company of another exile, the Catholic priest Father Quintana (Javier Bardem), who is undergoing a crisis of faith. Work pressures and increasing doubt pull Neil further apart from Marina, who returns to France with Tatiana when her visa expires. Neil reconnects with Jane (Rachel McAdams), an old flame. They fall in love until Neil learns that Marina has fallen on hard times. ... Written by Magnolia Pictures

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 February 2013 (Ireland) See more »

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Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$116,551, 14 April 2013

Gross USA:

$587,615

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,801,166
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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According to composer Hanan Townshend, Terrence Malick often told him during the score's recording sessions to hit the record button 30 seconds or one minute before the orchestra started playing, when the members are rehearsing or messing around with something. The idea was to capture musical moments where no one is being told what to do. See more »

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When Jane and Neil get out of their car in the midst of the bison, cameras reflected in the car windows and doors in various shots. See more »

Quotes

Jane: Will you pray with me?
Neil: [voice over] I had no faith. You knew. Were you afraid?
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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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Parsifal: Prelude to Act One
Composed by Richard Wagner
Performed by Hanan Townshend
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More of an art installation than a film with some faux-documentary mixed in
4 March 2013 | by ravechildglasgowSee all my reviews

To The Wonder is a visually and aurally stunning experience but this outweighs narrative and emotional engagement, leaving it a bit cold where it tries to be all-encompassing warm.

More of an art installation than a film (if it was cut down to half an hour it would be perfect) with some faux-documentary mixed in.

It's difficult to really say how people are acting in this film, because the lack of action or dialogue delivered in the piece is enough to really judge how it's performers are "acting".

No conversations or shot lasts any longer then they need to, so we pick up just enough to know what's happening, but it's also emotionally alienating because the viewer can never connect to these characters.

Ben Affleck looks barely there; not apparently able to share in Malick's vision of the emotionally sterile lead actor, instead just doing nothing and looking like he's wondered into the wrong film set.

Whereas Olga Kurylenko and Rachel McAdams both return strong performances as alternate choices and women, you can't help but feel frustrated as Affleck, the camera, audience sit and watch them try their best efforts to be human and lovers with hopes and dreams which this film (through Affleck) largely diffuses.

Javier Bardem however is perhaps more interesting, seemingly... www.ravechild.co.uk


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