To The Wonder, written and directed by Terrence Malick, is a romantic drama centered on Neil, a man who is torn between two loves: Marina, the European woman who came to United States to be with him, and Jane, the old flame he reconnects with from his hometown. In TO THE WONDER, Malick explores how love and its many phases and seasons – passion, sympathy, obligation, sorrow, indecision – can transform, destroy, and reinvent lives.
After visiting Mont Saint-Michel — once known in France as the Wonder — at the height of their love, Marina (Olga Kurylenko) and Neil (Ben Affleck) come to Oklahoma, where problems soon arise. Marina makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Javier Bardem), who is struggling with his vocation, while Neil renews his ties with a childhood friend, Jane (Rachel McAdams). An exploration of love in its many forms.
|Other cast:||Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem|
|Alternative Title:||Untitled Terrence Malick|
|Directed by:||Terrence Malick|
|Written by:||Terrence Malick|
|Production Status:||Waiting for theatrical release|
|World Premiere:||September 2, 2012 during the Venice Film Festival|
|Theatrical Release:||February 22, 2013 (UK) | April 12, 2013 (US)|
|Rated:||R for for some sexuality/nudity.|
|Distributor:||Magnolia Pictures (US), Studio Canal (UK)|
|Run time:||112 min|
|Producers:||Glen Basner, Charley Beil, Nicolas Gonda, Hans Graffunder, Sarah Green, Jason Krigsfeld, Joseph Krigsfeld, Morgan Pollitt, Tyler Savage, Sandhya Shardanand|
|Original Music by:||Hanan Townshend|
|Cinematography by:||Emmanuel Lubezki|
TO THE WONDER, written and directed by Terrence Malick, is a romantic drama centered on Neil, a man who is torn between two loves: Marina, the European woman who came to United States to be with him, and Jane, the old flame he reconnects with from his hometown. In TO THE WONDER, Malick explores how love and its many phases and seasons – passion, sympathy, obligation, sorrow, indecision – can transform, destroy, and reinvent lives.
As TO THE WONDER opens, Neil and Marina are together on the French island of Mont St. Michel – known in France as The Wonder of the Western World (Merveille de l’Occident) – and invigorated by feelings of being newly in love. Neil, an aspiring writer, has left the United States in search of a better life, leaving behind a string of unhappy affairs. Looking into Marina’s eyes as the Abbey looms in the distance, Neil is certain he has finally found the one woman he can love with commitment. He makes a vow to be true to this woman alone.
Terrence Malick is a notoriously secretive, fiercely press-shy filmmaker who has always kept a tight lid on his projects. Therefore only one on set photo was released so far. Rachel did confirm she filmed for the project in Oklahoma in October/November 2010. She returned for (re-)shoots and shooting of additional scenes in March 2011 in Oklahoma. Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko were seen filming in Paris in May 2011, no confirmation (yet) if Rachel was there as well.
Triva & Facts
• The rumored title was “The Burial” and the movie was also known as “Project B” or the “Untitled Terrence Malick Project”.
• Rachel drove, by herself, to Oklahoma for the shooting of this movie. She wanted to drove back to Canada but she had to do promotion for “Morning Glory” so there was no time to do so.
• Rachel worked with the male lead Ben Affleck before in “State Of Play“.
• “To The Wonder” was selected for Venice Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival in 2012.
• Rachel Weisz, Jessica Chastain, Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet and Barry Pepper had supporting roles in the film which ended up being cut.
Jane: “I’ve been waiting for you. Do you want this? ”
Jane: “What we had was nothing. You made it into nothing.”
Quotes from Rachel
“We spent a fair amount of time together before we got started. I got to know the town we were shooting in, as though I had lived there. There’s great preparation involved with him [director Terrence Malick].”
-On the preparation (Collider)
“He was wonderful and so inspiring. He has a very different way of working and I think it really services a real honesty and beauty in his films. It was a great experience, as an actor. You have to be very honest and very vulnerable, and take a leap and just hope someone will catch you, and he does. You can just let yourself go and let him take you where he’s going to take you, and trust that it will be interesting and compelling. You don’t have to do a lot, in a weird way. It was a great experience.”
-On working with director Terrence Malick (Collider)
“It was great working with Terrence Malick recently. He took me around a town where my character would have lived and pointed out, “Perhaps you grew up in that house, and your dad worked at that building, and you went to that school.” I found it incredibly helpful.”
-On working with director Terrence Malick (Elle)
“You don’t know [what the movie will be like] with Terry. He really creates a family. The crews are very small, intimate. All I can say is, it was a very satisfying unique way of shooting. And [the film] will probably be very beautiful.”
-On working with director Terrence Malick (Elle)
“It was shot in Oklahoma and we were there with the wild horses and buffalo. It’s been a great year; I’m very lucky. I have no complaints.”
-On filming untitled Terrence Malick project (Sydney Morning Herald)
“We finished The Vow that was after Midnight In Paris and then I went and did a Terrence Malick film after that. [It is] still untitled. I’ll find out when I see the film, but it’s a romance as far as I can tell. It’s a bit of a triangle between Ben Affleck’s character and Olga and myself.”
-On the untitled Terrence Malick project (Tonight at the Movies)
“Wonderful, so inspiring. It’s a very different way of working. I think it really services a real honesty and beauty in his films, and it was a great experience as an actor. Because, you have to be very honest, very vulnerable, take a leap and just hope someone will catch you and he does. Again, same thing with Woody, you can sort of just let yourself go and let them take you where they are going to take you, and trust that it will be interesting and compelling. You don’t have to do a lot in a weird way. Both great experiences.”
-On working with Terrence Malick (Tonight at the Movies)
“But he’s a very open, warm person. We spent a fair amount of time together before we got started. I got to know the town we were shooting in, as though I had lived there. There is great preparation involved with him.”
-On director Terrence Malick (Tonight at the Movies)
Quotes from Cast & Crew
“We shot lots of scenes with Rachel, and they didn’t end up in the movie, but there are scenes where we’re communicating in a very sisterly way.”
–Olga Kurylenko, co-star (Yahoo! UK)
“Terry always told me that between Marina and Jane, who is played by Rachel, even though the fact that Marina’s man goes to Jane, and she could hate her, but all that Marina has for Jane is love. He wanted us to have noble relationship. Marina understands that that woman also deserves love, and no matter how painful it is, she accepts her, and all she says is ‘I love you, I love you.'”
–Olga Kurylenko, co-star (Yahoo! UK)
“McAdams has the least to do of the principals, but is wonderfully haunted and sad in her brief appearances.”
–Oliver Lyttelton (IndieWire)
“Kurylenko moves with balletic grace while Rachel McAdams registers strongly as a woman living on a ranch who has a fling with Affleck.”
–Geofrey MacNab (Independent)
“He (Terrence Malick) is assisted by dedicated acting, a plangent musical score and cinematography that helps to expresses his fervent desire to push us towards some sort of religious conviction within a world that would otherwise be meaningless.”
–Derek Malcolm (Standard)
“The film comes to life when McAdams appears on the screen; she oozes with vulnerability. The film takes on an importance, and what happens palpably matters. In just one of the film’s enduring images, the honey-blond McAdams saunters in a golden wheat field, shot probably during sunrise, in a rich scarlet dress. She’s given the full goddess treatment. Sadly, she’s only in the film for 15 minutes.”
–Kent Turner (Film Forward)
“In 10-15 minutes of screen time, Rachel McAdams gives perhaps one of the most impressive performances of her career as an old flame of Affleck’s character. Her vulnerable, lonely visage, eager for joy, reflects best the longing and searching all three of these characters experience.”
-Michael Leaser (WorldMag)
|Appearances||“To The Wonder” was selected, as part of the competition, for Venice Film Festival on September 2, 2012 and premiered a week later during the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2012. Rachel only attended TIFF ’12. She walked the red carpet for the premiere (view images) and did a press junket including the Variety Studio (view images) the next day.|
|Magazine features||Rachel graced the cover of VS. Magazine’s Fall 2012 edition to promote the movie (view images).|
Awards & Nominations
Won – Venice Film Festival 2012 SIGNIS Award (Terrence Malick)
Nominated – Venice Film Festival 2012 Golden Lion (Terrence Malick)