The story revolves around three soldiers - Colee, TK and Cheever - who return from the war after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an ... See full summary »
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
Terrence Malick is following his semi-autobiographical turn in The Tree of Life with another film based on his own life experiences. Malick, like Ben Affleck's character of "Neil", had a romance with a woman in France in the 80s named Michèle Morette (like Kurylenko's character of "Marina"), married her in 1985 and then moved back to Texas with her. They divorced in 1998, however, and Malick reconnected with Alexandra "Ecky" Wallace, a former high school sweetheart (like McAdams' "Jane") from his days at St. Stephen's school in Austin, Texas. See more »
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 »
My sweet love. At last. My hope. How I loved you...
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It may not be the worst film ever, but I would certainly place it on the shortlist. I love an arty film as much as the next man, but this was ridiculous. The complete lack of storyline made this a complete waste of nearly two hours of my life! I could have cleaned my toilets in that time and felt more uplifted. It doesn't start out too bad and the promise of some event or occurrence is what kept me watching, unfortunately it never arrives and what transpires is that this film is a snapshot of some random peoples thoughts about love and life. If it wasn't for Olga Kurylenko's lovable character I would have scored the film 1/10. Ben Affleck could be absolutely anyone in this film, he is ill cast and appears as a bumbling mute giant devoid of any thought or character. The cinematography is at times wonderful and I get the link to God and creation, but the insertion of a priest (Javier Bardem!!!) into the mixing pot of jumbled thoughts that is the script, is a blatant and insulting attempt to get the viewer to draw some ethereal conclusion and leaving them fulfilled....it doesn't.
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