First Clip from Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER Starring Olga Kurylenko and Ben Affleck

     March 1, 2013


The first clip from Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder has been released.  In the vague semblance of a plot, Olga Kurylenko plays a woman who travels to Oklahoma to be with the man (Ben Affleck) she loves only to discover that their relationship isn’t as strong as they previously thought.  There’s also a story involving a priest (Javier Bardem) who grapples with his loneliness and has almost no narrative relation to the other plotline.  This clip does play to the amount of silence in the film, but it’s a hollow silence that carries almost no dramatic weight.

Hit the jump to check out the clip, and click here to read my review of the film from TIFF.  To the Wonder opens April 12th.

Via The Film Stage.

Here’s the synopsis of To the Wonder:

TO THE WONDER tells the story of Marina (Kurylenko) and Neil (Affleck), who meet in France and move to Oklahoma to start a life together, where problems soon arise. While Marina makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Bardem), who is struggling with his vocation, Neil renews a relationship with a childhood sweetheart, Jane (McAdams). Bold and lyrical, the film is a moving, gorgeously shot exploration of love in its many forms. Written and directed by Terrence Malick.


  • ap30

    wow that looks so…boring.

    • dapper christ

      Ah, to be young and ignorant.

      • chris michaels

        Ah, to be an old prick.

        Malick is a great location scout. Nothing more.

      • tarek

        MAlick is a great fart maker

  • nintendo zapper

    if that was in black and white with Italian subtitles, people would be all over this. Oh, pitiful Americans with your need for explosions.

  • MJM

    Gorgeous visuals don’t excuse a complete lack of plot. Whatever happened to the guy who did Badlands?

  • The Fizzle

    His films are dreamlike but timed out tediously. Sometimes it actually feels like sleeping, or was I just asleep? I think he is extraordinary with powerful visuals that draw no attention to the paintbrush, but if he worked with a standard structure, he could create a masterpiece for the masses. Otherwise he is just pleasing art school students and the academy.

  • Keegan

    i’m so worried the critics are right. I love Malick, one of my absolute favorite filmmakers. But even lovers of The Tree of Life are calling this garbage and it was laughed off at Cannes. Please don’t disappoint me Malick!

  • -

    To me, it looks like it’s basically everything that stopped the Tree of Life from being a great film stretched out for about 2 hours. I think I’ll give it a miss.