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Song to Song (2017)

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Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.

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Terrence Malick

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Terrence Malick
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... BV
Rooney Mara ... Faye
Michael Fassbender ... Cook
Natalie Portman ... Rhonda
Cate Blanchett ... Amanda
Holly Hunter ... Miranda
Bérénice Marlohe ... Zoey (as Berenice Marlohe)
Val Kilmer ... Duane
Lykke Li ... Lykke
Olivia Grace Applegate ... Emma (as Olivia Applegate)
Dana Falconberry Dana Falconberry ... Faye's Sister
Linda Emond ... BV's Mother Judy
Louanne Stephens ... Mrs. Gansmer
Christin Sawyer Davis ... Angry Woman
Tom Sturridge ... BV's Brother
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Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.

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Love. Obsession. Betrayal.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for some sexuality, nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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USA

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English

Release Date:

17 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Weightless See more »

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Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$53,945, 19 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$443,684, 1 June 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Christian Bale was initially set to have a much more substantial role in the film but he ended up working only three to four days on the set. He was ultimately cut from the film as his character was reportedly very similar to Michael Fassbender's. See more »

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Faye: There is something else, something that wants us to find it.
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Features Ménilmontant (1926) See more »

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Angelus
Written by Wojciech Kilar
Performed by Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach (as Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Conducted by Antoni Wit
Courtesy of Naxos
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Pretentious crap seems mostly improvised
25 March 2017 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Song to Song" (2017 release; 129 min.) brings the story of Faye. As the movie opens, we hear Faye announce in voice over "I went through a period where sex had to be violent", and with that we are off. Fay seems to have a relationship with both BV (a budding musician) and Cook (a record executive). We see them at various Austin landmarks and outdoor shows (ACL Music Festival, I assume). At this point we are about 10-15 min. into the movie, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from writer-director Terrence Malick, Here he follows a path that s very similar of his previous film "Knight of Cups": essentially an abstract film about relationships, with not much dialogue but plenty of voice-over thoughts ("Any experience is better than no experience" and "I went along like someone in a dream", just to give you a glimpse). This movie was actually shot in 2011-12, and is only now seeing the light of day. Rumor has it that Malick had 8 hours of film which he had to cut down to this final version, just over 2 hrs., and when you are watching it, it does feel like we skip from scene to scene without any sense or purpose. As for the lead actors (Rooney Mara as Faye, Ryan Gosling as BV, Michael Fassbender as Cook; Natalie Portman appears about a half hour into the movie for some scenes; yet later Cate Blanchett, as a fling of BV, makes her entrance), it feels like most of what they are doing seems improvised. Not much of it makes sense or is coherent in any way, shape or form. Tons of cameos from the music world (RHCP, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Johnny Lydon, etc., mostly in a blink and you'll miss it moment). As a long-time fan and admirer of Terrence Malick, it pains me to tell you that, on the heels of the so-so Knight of Cups, this is even worse. Given the all-star ensemble cast, what a colossal waste of talent all around!

"Song to Song" opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati, and given who all was involved in this production, I couldn't wait to see it. The Saturday matinée screening where I saw this at was attended okay but not great. "Song to Song" is not a movie that I can recommend to anyone, although there may be some curiosity about this film, given the all-star cast attached to it. Viewer beware! (*UPDATE* The movie sank like a stone at the box office, and disappeared after just one week from the theater here in Cincinnati.)


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