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(2012)

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Olga Kurylenko, familiar with Terrence Malick's tendency to cut entire characters out of his movies completely, made him promise that he would keep her in the film.
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Roger Ebert's review of this film was the last review he submitted before his death. It was published posthumously.
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There was no script that was used during filming. Terrence Malick would give the actors pages of thoughts and independent lines every morning and he would ask them to play the emotions without speaking, just with their body.
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Terrence Malick is following his semi-autobiographical turn in The Tree of Life with another film based on his own life experiences. Malick, like Ben Affleck's character of "Neil", had a romance with a woman in France in the 80s named Michèle Morette (like Kurylenko's character of "Marina"), married her in 1985, and then moved back to Texas with her. They divorced in 1998, however, and Malick reconnected with Alexandra "Ecky" Wallace, a former high school sweetheart (like McAdams' "Jane") from his days at St. Stephen's school in Austin, Texas.
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Tatiana is the only character referred to by name on-screen, all other characters' names are revealed only at the end credits.
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Rachel Weisz, Jessica Chastain (playing an ex-girlfriend of Ben Affleck's character), Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet, Barry Pepper, and Michael Shannon had supporting roles in the film which ended up being cut. Chastain was actually just visiting the set to see old friends from The tree of life (2011) crew and Terrence Mallick was so happy to have her there, that he wrote the part, and shot two days with her and Affleck.
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Olga Kurylenko stated in an interview that Terrence Malick spoke to her exclusively in French throughout shooting.
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Rachel McAdams lied about her horse hair allergy, to get the part.
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This is Terrence Malick's first picture set entirely in the modern day.
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Christian Bale was cast, but dropped out. Ben Affleck replaced him.
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At the Venice Film Festival, the film was met with both boos and cheers.
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According to Olga Kurylenko, her character was originally much more dark and unstable. Kurylenko claimed to have shot scenes where Marina was really depressed and had huge fights with Ben Affleck, showing how moody she was.
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In an interview, Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki described To the Wonder as "abstract", adding that the film is "less tied to theatrical conventions, and more purely cinematic than any prior film Terry has made".
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With this film's release in 2012 and The Tree of Life (2011) being released in 2011, this is the shortest time gap between movies for Director Terrence Malick, the gap being only a year. Malick is famous for waiting several years between projects. His shortest time gap between films previously was five years, between Badlands (1973) and Days of Heaven (1978). His longest was twenty years, between Days of Heaven (1978) and The Thin Red Line (1998).
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Annie Clark, who performs under the name St. Vincent, and whose song "Now Now" is in the movie, once remarked that her second album, "Actor", was inspired by Badlands (1973).
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The film title appears to be a nod to Mont Saint-Michel-a monastery in Normandy, France which has been called "The Wonder of the West".
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A few months after shooting officially finished, Javier Bardem was contacted by Terrence Malick to record more voice-over, in Spanish, for which the actor worked with some Spanish recording company.
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It is Terrence Malick's first film under two hours in length since Days of Heaven (1978).
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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.
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Before the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, Rachel Weisz said in an interview "It seems that my part has been cut. I had the experience of working with him (Malick), but I will not have the pleasure of seeing my work."
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"I sometimes wondered if my character was really there. Some days you could spiral off that way because even the shooting was so freeform. Maybe I'm just something Ben's character imagined." - Rachel McAdams on her character in To The Wonder
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Father Quintana's prayer, which goes like this, "Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me", is taken from a prayer by Saint Patrick, called "Lorica of Saint Patrick", or "Saint Patrick's Breastplate".
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Terrence Malick asked Rachel McAdams to be in this movie
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Many of Malick's longtime collaborators returned for To the Wonder, including Jack Fisk (Production Designer), Emmanuel Lubezki (Cinematographer), Sarah Green (Producer), Jacqueline West (Costume Designer), and David Crank (Art Director).
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It's Malick's first film to be rated R since The Thin Red Line (1998), "for some sexuality/nudity."
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Rachel McAdams and Ben Affleck appeared in State of Play (2009).
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Ben Affleck replaced Christian Bale as the lead, and would succeed him in the role of Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman less than a year later.
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Hungarian actress Julia Papp auditioned for Marina.
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During post-production, director Terrence Malick handed out works of literature to his editing team for inspiration, including Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" and Walter Percy's "The Moviegoer". Also referenced was a phrase found in Margaret A. Doody's introduction to Samuel Richardson's novel "Pamela". The phrase "radiant zigzag becoming" became an unofficial motto of the editing team during post-production.
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Multiple sources, including The Los Angeles Times, reported that the film was shot under the title "The Burial", after a listing for the film was discovered under that name on a French film database website. However, Producer Sarah Green stated, "It is not called 'The Burial'. We don't know what 'The Burial' is. Somebody else attached that name, but there is no movie that we're working on called 'The Burial.'"
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Ben Affleck recorded the director's commentary track for the DVD/BluRay release of The Town (2010) while on location in Tulsa, OK.
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The title given to the film when it was released in France, "À la merveille", has a double meaning: as well as being the French equivalent of the expression "to the wonder", it also alludes to a specific part of the architecture of Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey. "La Merveille" is the traditional name given the two elevated buildings which include the cloisters visited by Neil and Marina in the film.
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Italian censorship visa # 107490 delivered on 25-6-2013.
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