film review – To The Wonder

Terrence Malick doesn’t make movies, he creates experiences. His films are works of visual poetry: images, music and acting beautifully blended, words used sparingly. To The Wonder, a film about a difficult relationship and a priest struggling with his faith, is no exception: there are few dialogues, some voice-overs consisting of the main characters’ poetic musings and then there is a lot of silence. The film is not about a coherent narrative, but about bringing about a feeling. Malick’s film is slow-paced, the mood reinforced by pieces of classical music and Hanan Townshend’s subdued original score, but above all else it’s a visual treat: it bursts with beautiful imagery that triggers the senses, such as close-ups of waving grass or hands enjoying the warmth of the sun on a glass window. It makes To The Wonder‘s contemplation of love, sex, faith and what it means to be alive palpable, moving and memorable. 9/10


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