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Song to Song (2017)

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Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.

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Terrence Malick

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Terrence Malick
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... BV
Rooney Mara ... Faye
Michael Fassbender ... Cook
Natalie Portman ... Rhonda
Cate Blanchett ... Amanda
Holly Hunter ... Miranda
Bérénice Marlohe ... Zoey (as Berenice Marlohe)
Val Kilmer ... Duane
Lykke Li ... Lykke
Olivia Grace Applegate ... Emma (as Olivia Applegate)
Dana Falconberry Dana Falconberry ... Faye's Sister
Linda Emond ... BV's Mother Judy
Louanne Stephens ... Mrs. Gansmer
Christin Sawyer Davis ... Angry Woman
Tom Sturridge ... BV's Brother
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Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.

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Taglines:

Love. Obsession. Betrayal.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for some sexuality, nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,559, 19 March 2017

Gross USA:

$443,684

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,778,021
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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2.35 : 1
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Ryan Gosling and Callie Hernandez both acted in La La Land (2016), although they shared no scenes together. See more »

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Duane: I got some Uranium! I bought it off my mom.
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Rollin N Tumblin
Written by Morris Levy
Performed by Elmore James
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Published by EMI Longitude Music
Administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing (ASCAP)
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When a brilliant auteur goes down
12 March 2017 | by Benedict_CumberbatchSee all my reviews

First off, I must say I am not a Terrence Malick hater. On the contrary: I used to worship the man. I even took an entire course in film school dedicated to him, Orson Welles, and Stanley Kubrick. I think the 5 films Malick did in the first 38 years of his career ("Badlands," "Days of Heaven," "The Thin Red Line," "The New World," and "The Tree of Life") are all masterpieces. I even liked "To the Wonder," which was almost universally panned, even though it was clearly not in the same league as his previous films. After the acclaimed "The Tree of Life," Malick (now 73 years old) has been working on several projects in different stages of production. He filmed "Song to Song" immediately after "Knight of Cups" (released last year) back in 2012, and it's only being released now, as a 129-minute film, after almost five years of post-production and at least 8 editors to turn it into something remotely coherent (reportedly, the first cut was 8 hours long). Unfortunately, like "Knight of Cups," "Song to Song" feels like a parody of Malick's work: the extensive, mumbling voice-over narration by all the main characters (taken to the extreme), the stunning imagery of nature and high-end real estate, and gorgeous people literally walking in circles and acting cute (or mean) to one another. The very thin plot revolves, as you heard, around two intersecting love triangles set against the music scene in Austin, Texas. But music doesn't play a great part in this story, and it certainly could have elevated it.

As abstract as Malick's earlier films could be, they all had tangible, rich, philosophical and often universal themes. "Knight of Cups" and "Song to Song" are pure cinematic masturbation. Malick's trick is getting some of the biggest (and best-looking) film stars in the world, and his main actors (Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman) have faces that one can easily watch for hours. But not even these great stars can masquerade the emptiness of the film. Mara has the most screen time of them all, being the only true leading character here, while Cate Blanchett, Holly Hunter, Val Kilmer, and Berenice Marlohe are reduced to cameos. There's at least one painfully genuine moment, near the end, featuring Hunter's character, but it only lasts a few seconds; Malick's gaze isn't interested in her emotions. He'd rather show us, for the umpteenth time, Mara and Fassbender being flirty and sexy instead.

I am all about experimental cinema, but when you realize that this is the deepest sort of "experimental" project that Hollywood can put out (made by a revered auteur that movie stars almost pay to work with), you feel even more nostalgic for the daring collaborations between Tilda Swinton and the late Derek Jarman. I know people who deemed "Knight of Cups" a "masterpiece" and will probably say the same about "Song to Song." I try to be respectful of other people's opinions, but I really don't think we're seeing this film through the same lens. I still admire and respect Malick; I just liked his work more when he had something to say. Right now, I see him as someone who can afford to make gorgeous-looking home movies just for his pleasure, but he's a much more interesting artist when he expands his canvas into something we can truly care about.


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