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
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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