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In 2011, Terence Malick dazzled critics with his ambitious and ambiguous drama The Tree of Life. But rather than take one of his sort-of signature breaks from filmmaking, the daring director has lined up a string of new projects that are expected to come out within the next year or so. Next up is the Ben Affleck-fronted To the Wonder.
This romance's plotline follows the emotional journey of lovers Neil (Affleck) and Marina (Olga Kurylenko). After a romantic vacation to the French destination of Mont Saint-Michel, the two return home to Oklahoma and encounter new troubles. Marina becomes dangerously fascinated by a painfully sexy priest (Javier Bardem), while Neil reconnects with his childhood friend Jane (Rachel McAdams). The film's first trailer gave some hints to how this might play out. But since it's for a Malick movie, its main focus was to display critical praise and glorious visuals. Will the newly surfaced clip below give any more insight into the film's plot? Not really, but it is beautiful.
This appears to be clip from early in the film, when Neil and Marina are on their vacation in France. But if you're craving more details on the plot, click here for a fuller synopsis.
To the Wonder premiered last September at the Venice Film Festival, then played at the prestigious Toronto International Festival. It made its theatrical debut in Ireland and the UK on February 22nd, and will be opening around the world as the year continues. So far, critics are divided on Malick's latest. It currently has a 41% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with some calling it "laborious," "insufferable," and "cloying." But this is unlikely to hurt the enthusiasm for cinephiles that think of Malick as an unparalleled auteur.
Moviegoers in the U.S. will be able to decide for themselves when Magnolia Pictures releases To the Wonder on April 12th.