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
According to Olga Kurylenko, her character was originally much more dark and unstable. Kurylenko claimed to have shot scenes where Marina was really depressed and had huge fights with Ben Affleck, showing how moody she was. 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 »
There is love that is like a stream that can go dry when rain no longer feeds it. But there is a love that is like a spring coming up from the earth. The first is human love, the second is divine love and has its source above.
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This film is about a man's turbulent relationship with a French woman,
complicated by a childhood sweetheart he re-acquaints.
"To The Wonder" is a slow moving film with somewhat a plot, but not one
that I understand. It tells how Neil meets Marina in France, then they
move to the States. Marina is unhappy there and moves back to France.
Somehow Marina moves back to the States to rekindle the relationship.
That's what I got from the film, but the scenes are too random to
really understand what is happening. There is a scene of Marina
attempting overdose, then the next scene shows Marina kissing Neil's
feet. Now just what exactly is happening? Even Rachel McAdams, the
queen of romantic films, could not save this randomness. Her saccharine
persona is truncated by scenes of crop fields and animals grazing.
Actually, those romantic scenes of them frolicking in the fields
concentrates more on the crops and animals.
"To The Wonder" is surely more accessible than "The Tree of Life", but
it is still not so accessible to the general public.
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