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To the Wonder [Blu-ray] [Import]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Startling Meditation on the Mystery of Love Aug. 2 2013
A mere two years after his metaphysically audacious and resplendent film The Tree of Life divided viewers but won the Palme D’Or at Cannes and new cohorts of admirers, Terrence Malick has made another – only his sixth in 40 years – called To the Wonder. This time the critics have been less effusive, as if one Malick picture per decade was quite enough, the investment of existential effort being too costly. Yet this follow-up is no less grand, and although it is without cosmic creation scenes, it manages to do what few other films can do: cause us to meditate on the questions that matter most. Where The Tree of Life asked about the origins of suffering, and the mysterious interplay of nature and grace, To the Wonder focuses on the human experience of love.

It begins in France, on the sandy tidal plains surrounding Mont St. Michel, where Neil (Ben Affleck) and a young Frenchwoman, Marina (Olga Kurylenko), have fallen in love and cavort in various poses of embrace and shy discovery. This is love in all its newborn glory, as Marina’s voice pays homage:

You brought me out of the shadows …
You lifted me from the ground.
Brought me back to life.

The presence of the divine seems everywhere, drawing them closer to the “Love that loves us” (as Marina says). The scenes shift to Paris, and then suddenly to suburban Oklahoma, where Marina and her daughter have gone to live with Neil. There is contrapuntal contrast between the stately beauty of the old world and the superstores, backyards and hydro lines of the new world, but in the hands of Malick, there is no judgment. They are merely settings for the drama that plays out in the interiority of his protagonists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To The Wonder (Malick, 2013) Oct. 5 2013
By Alex E.
Call it a minor Malick, or even his weakest, but To The Wonder still stands as a piece of cinema more visually and viscerally enthralling than most made today. It's not a film that needs to assemble a clean, defined plot or character arcs that you can trace from A to B, because it's designed as a spiralling, emotionally fragmented experience meant to mirror that of emotional confusion of the characters on screen. We don't need to see or know why the characters move in an out of each others' lives the way they do, or be let in on the exact moments things sparked or went wrong, because that sort of specificity would undermine what the film is trying to be, and that's to probe what it is that makes any relationships thrive and then often eventually dissolve the ways they do, and how even the people involved in them can hardly tell where the seeds of either began. And even if that approach to the subject matter doesn't work for you, I'm not sure how you can't simply revel in Emmanuel Lubezki's images or Hanan Townshend's score for the entire runtime, each being among the very best efforts of this year or any in recent memory.

If this truly is Malick's weakest film, then maybe he really is the greatest filmmaker alive and working today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Among Malick's finest Oct. 17 2013
After seeing the Tree of life and being one of the few to actually not be amazed by it, I come to To the Wonder with close to no expectations. It didn't take long thought to realize that this was Malick at his purest and probably his best (with the exception of the mighty Thin Red Line). No compromise in the style and experimentation here; Malick succeed in creating a movies that lives thought his form; the camera work, but more, the editing, is mindblowing. By the moving images and the tight editing, the dialogue are almost absent and anyway useless as the technique of Malick and the quality of the interpreters enough to provide us with a memorable experience. Rather than trying too hard to ask big questions in a vague and so abstract way that it's quickly not interesting (yes, I'm talking about Tree of Life), Malick stick to the essential, a simple love story and develop it with the tools in his possession. Could be seen as a narcissistic movie, but it's nonetheless an essential one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bilingual? I've been stung once already. Sept. 23 2013
I bought the 'bilingual' version of the excellent french movie 'Intouchables'. It's a french movie, and the only subtitle option was in french, yet it was billed as 'bilingual' here on this website.. Had to return it.

And now this movie says 'bilingual' on it, but I see it's in 'French and English' and has only french subtitles?

If you're going to call these editions bilingual, for crying out loud have options for english AND french subtitles.

Come on, I shouldn't have to explain this like I'm explaining something to a 5 year old. Look up 'bilingual' before you use the word to describe the products.
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