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(2012)

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Roger Ebert's review of this film was the last review he submitted before his death. It was published posthumously.
There was no script that was used during filming. Terrence Malick would give the actors pages of thoughts and independent lines every morning and he would ask them to play the emotions without speaking, just with their body.
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.
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.
This is Terrence Malick's first picture set entirely in the modern day.
At the Venice Film Festival, the film was met with both boos and cheers.
With this film's release in 2012 and The Tree of Life (2011) being released in 2011, this is the shortest time gap between movies for director Terrence Malick, the gap being only a year. Malick is famous for waiting years between projects. His shortest time gap between films previously was five years, between Badlands (1973) and Days of Heaven (1978). His longest was 20 years, between Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line (1998).
Rachel Weisz, Jessica Chastain (playing an ex-girlfriend of Ben Affleck's character), Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet, Barry Pepper and Michael Shannon had supporting roles in the film which ended up being cut. Chastain was actually just visiting the set to see old friends from The tree of life (2011) crew and Terrence Mallick was so happy to have her there that he wrote the part and shoot two days with her and Affleck.
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 huge fights with Ben Affleck, showing how moody she was.
Olga Kurylenko stated in an interview that Terrence Malick spoke to her exclusively in French throughout shooting.
Christian Bale was cast but dropped out. Ben Affleck replaced him.
In an interview, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki described To the Wonder as "abstract," adding that the film is "less tied to theatrical conventions and more purely cinematic than any prior film Terry has made".
Tatiana is the only character referred to by name on-screen, all other characters names revealed only at the end credits.
The film title appears to be a nod to Mont Saint-Michel-a monastery in Normandy, France which has been called "The Wonder of the West".
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It is Terrence Malick's first film under two hours in length since 1978.
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Annie Clark, who performs under the name St. Vincent and whose song Now Now is in the movie, once remarked that her second album, Actor, was inspired by Badlands (1973).
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Months after shooting officially finished, Javier Bardem was contacted by Terrence Mallick to record more voice-over, in Spanish, for which the actor worked on some Spanish recording company.
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Father Quintana's prayer which goes like this "Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me..." is taken from a prayer by Saint Patrick called Lorica of Saint Patrick, or Saint Patrick's Breastplate.
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Many of Malick's longtime collaborators returned for To the Wonder, including Jack Fisk (production design), Emmanuel Lubezki (cinematography), Sarah Green (producer), Jacqueline West (costume design), and David Crank (art direction).
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Multiple sources, including The Los Angeles Times, reported that the film was shot under the title "The Burial" after a listing for the film was discovered under that name on a French film database website. However, producer Sarah Green stated, "It is not called 'The Burial'. We don't know what 'The Burial' is. Somebody else attached that name, but there is no movie that we're working on called 'The Burial.'"
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Ben Affleck replaced Christian Bale. Affleck would later replace Bale in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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Second collaboration between Rachel McAdams and Ben Affleck. They previously costarred in State of Play.
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It's Malick's first film to be rated R since The Thin Red Line (1998), "for some sexuality/nudity."
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Hungarian actress Julia Papp auditioned for Marina's role but lost out to Olga Kurylenko.
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