Terrence Malick films are something special. They’re often divisive, but Malick directs like no one else working today. Tree of Life is a perfect example of Malick’s work, a visual poem, or a narrative image that is far from conventional. I saw the film a year ago and while I’m not sure if I truly enjoyed it, I have thought about it constantly over the last twelve months – that makes it something special.
Malick’s latest film, To The Wonder stars Ben Affleck, former Bond-girl Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem, it recently hit the headlines when it was announced that Rachel Weisz, Micheal Sheen, Barry Pepper, and Amanda Peet were cut from the final edit.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“After visiting Mont Saint-Michel — once known in France as the Wonder — at the height of their love, Marina (Olga Kurylenko) and Neil (Ben Affleck) come to Oklahoma, where problems soon arise. Marina makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Javier Bardem), who is struggling with his vocation, while Neil renews his ties with a childhood friend, Jane (Rachel McAdams). Written and directed by Terrence Malick, To the Wonder is an exploration of love in its many forms.”
A new image from the film has been released (above), showing Kurylenko and Affleck, an image that mirrors the only previous still featuring Affleck and McAdams (below).
Again it appears that like Tree of Life, To The Wonder is a semi-autobiographical piece for Malick, and it’s interesting that it also appears that Affleck’s role has been cut down (much like Sean Penn in Tree of Life), making Kurylenko the star. Malick has never been one to follow the rules.
Source: Indie Wire