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To the Wonder (2012)

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After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.

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Terrence Malick

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Neil
Olga Kurylenko ... Marina
Rachel McAdams ... Jane
Javier Bardem ... Father Quintana
Tatiana Chiline Tatiana Chiline ... Tatiana
Romina Mondello ... Anna
Tony O'Gans Tony O'Gans ... Sexton
Charles Baker ... Carpenter
Marshall Bell ... Bob
Casey Williams Casey Williams ... Neighbor #1
Jack Hines Jack Hines ... Neighbor #2
Paris Always Paris Always ... Classmate #1
Samaria Folks Samaria Folks ... Classmate #2
Jamie Conner Jamie Conner ... Teenage Girl with Baby
Francis Gardner Francis Gardner ... Woman at Wedding
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Neil (Ben Affleck) is an American traveling in Europe who meets and falls in love with Marina (Olga Kurylenko), a Ukrainian divorcée who is raising her 10-year-old daughter Tatiana in Paris. The lovers travel to Mont St. Michel, the island abbey off the coast of Normandy, basking in the wonder of their newfound romance. Neil makes a commitment to Marina, inviting her to relocate to his native Oklahoma with Tatiana. He takes a job as an environmental inspector and Marina settles into her new life in America with passion and vigor. After a holding pattern, their relationship cools. Marina finds solace in the company of another exile, the Catholic priest Father Quintana (Javier Bardem), who is undergoing a crisis of faith. Work pressures and increasing doubt pull Neil further apart from Marina, who returns to France with Tatiana when her visa expires. Neil reconnects with Jane (Rachel McAdams), an old flame. They fall in love until Neil learns that Marina has fallen on hard times. ... Written by Magnolia Pictures

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Release Date:

22 February 2013 (Ireland) See more »

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Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$116,551, 14 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$586,293, 7 July 2013
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Olga Kurylenko, familiar with Terrence Malick's tendency to cut entire characters out of his movies completely, made him promise that he would keep her in the film. See more »

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When Jane and Neil get out of their car in the midst of the bison, cameras reflected in the car windows and doors in various shots. See more »

Quotes

Marina: How had hate come to take the place of love?
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Les Saisons (The Seasons), Op. 37b-June:Barcarolle
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A Ghost Story
18 November 2015 | by alifanovaSee all my reviews

When you are with Terrence Malick, abandon your popcorn and prepare to see deeper.

Characters in the movie are balancing on the thin line between reality and illusion. "Her rich inner world", they say - however, so often it's a masking cover for an unseen desert, scorched earth, such as Marina carries inside. She is dancing yet inward she is struggling to breathe, let alone to speak out. She cannot give love to Neil or her own daughter because there's nothing left to give. She sincerely is trying, but once her soul was ripped out, perhaps a long time ago, it will not be reborn from nothing and it can't be helped. Same with padre - burned from the inside, nothing's left. Ghosts rather than people.

And maybe - just maybe - we could make an effort that our loved ones never become ghosts like that. Rise to the wonder with them in every little thing we do, celebrate each moment of true emotion. Be humans.


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