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To the Wonder

To the Wonder

Director: Terrence Malick, Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams

Cast: Terrence Malick, Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams


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To the Wonder, Terrence Malick's poetic examination of man's relationships, stars Ben Affleck as an American who falls in love with a woman (Olga Kurylenko) in Paris. He marries her and she moves with him and her daughter to the U.S. When their union falters, he


To the Wonder, Terrence Malick's poetic examination of man's relationships, stars Ben Affleck as an American who falls in love with a woman (Olga Kurylenko) in Paris. He marries her and she moves with him and her daughter to the U.S. When their union falters, he considers becoming involved with an old girlfriend Rachel McAdams. Meanwhile, a priest Javier Bardem contemplates the relationship between God and love. To the Wonder screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
With his award-winning The Tree of Life, director Terrence Malick pretty much threw off any remaining chains of conventional narrative and storytelling. His art evolved to a place of nearly pure montage, a place where visual poetry (the rhythm of editing, the repetition of imagery, the lighting, the camera movements, and the color) meant more than the actors or the characters or the script. While The Tree of Life wrestled with the weighty topics of love, death, and God, his follow-up, To the Wonder, focuses solely on love -- the subject matter for so much classical poetry -- and solidifies his current style. Ben Affleck plays Neil, an American who falls in love with a French single mother named Marina (Olga Kurylenko) during a trip overseas. The couple and her young daughter move to his home in Oklahoma, where Marina adjusts to her new life and befriends a local priest (Javier Bardem) who is struggling with his faith. But their idyllic life starts to fray, and eventually Neil makes contact with an old lover (Rachel McAdams). While that setup implies a conventional romantic drama, Malick uses this familiar plot as a throughline for a nonstop wash of images and sound that's devoid of conventional scene structure. For example, though he plays the lead character, we hear Affleck speak primarily in voice-over -- it's possible we never see him say more than three lines of dialogue in the whole film. His words provide part of the soundtrack for the images that showcase the beginning of his relationship with Marina, the camera spinning and tilting in exuberance -- and occasionally stopping to notice how much more beautiful the world looks when we think we've found our soul mate. This approach to the material is so quintessentially late-period Malick that naysayers will accuse the man of parodying himself. In truth, he's come up with his purest vision -- and his most streamlined work since Badlands. There is no fat on the movie, just consistent attempts to get viewers to feel joy, pain, guilt, jealousy, and all the other roiling emotions triggered by love. The title is apt, for such strong feelings are a wonder to us, and it's a wonder that any picture would not just try to, but quite often succeed at, pulling off something so ambitious. Although it's hard for actors to stand out in a Malick movie, Bardem is the perfect performer for the visual-minded director's approach to filmmaking. With the exception of Daniel Day-Lewis, it's hard to name an actor with as much screen charisma as Bardem, and though his role is certainly small, he gives his haunted priest such sorrowful depth, and such formidable presence, that we never forget that Malick is concerned with types of love far greater than the romantic variety. For those who find Malick pretentious and dull, there's nothing in To the Wonder that will dissuade them. But for those who are seduced by his idiosyncratic rhythms, his boundless quest for photographic beauty, and his grand attempts to tackle the core themes of humanity, To the Wonder is a movie to treasure.

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Special Features

The Making of To the Wonder; The Actors' Experience; The Ballet; Local Flavor; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Neil
Olga Kurylenko Marina
Rachel McAdams Jane
Javier Bardem Father Quintana
Tatiana Chiline Tatiana
Romina Mondello Anna
Tony O'Gans Sexton
Charles Baker Carpenter
Marshall Bell Bob
Casey Williams Neighbor #1
Jack Hines Neighbor #2
Paris Always Classmate #1
Samaria Folks Classmate #2
Jamie Conner Teenage Girl with Baby
Francis Gardner Woman at Wedding
Greg Elliot Parish Council President
Michael Bumpus Doctor
Lois Boston Lois
Danyeil Inman Homeless Woman
Bobby Davis Horsley Convict
Wigi Black Lori
Ashley L. Clark Deaf Woman
Terry York Interpreter
Darryl Cox Neighbor #3
William Riddle Landlord
Russell Vaclaw Justice of the Peace
Kenneth Woodhams Pastor
Amy Christiansen Mrs. Hart
Brian Christiansen Mr. Hart
Emma Johnson Carhop
Bruce Peabody Lawyer
Tamar Baruch Stepmother
Michael Anderson Visitor
Darren Patnode DEQ Investigator

Technical Credits
Terrence Malick Director,Screenwriter
Erik Aadahl Sound/Sound Designer
Ethan Andrus Sound Mixer
Glen Basner Executive Producer
Charley Beil Associate Producer
David Crank Art Director
A.J. Edwards Editor
Michel Ferry Production Manager
Jack Fisk Production Designer
Keith Fraase Editor
Chris Freihofer Casting
Jose Antonio Garcia Sound Mixer
Nicolas Gonda Producer
Hans Graffunder Co-producer
Sarah Green Producer
Shane Hazen Editor
Robin Hudson Casting
Joe Krigsfeld Executive Producer
Jason Krigsfeld Executive Producer
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
Lauren Marie Mikus Musical Direction/Supervision
Bill Pohlad Producer
Morgan Pollitt Associate Producer
Christopher Roldan Editor
Sandhya Shardanand Co-producer
Sebastian Gaetano Silva Asst. Director
Hanan Townshend Score Composer
Jacqueline West Costumes/Costume Designer
Joerg Widmer Camera Operator
Mark Yoshikawa Editor


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