Renowned musician Lydia Tár is days away from recording the symphony that will elevate her career. However, Lydia's elaborate facade begins to unravel, revealing dirty secrets and the corrosive nature of power.
Runtime: 158 minutes
Genre: Drama, Music
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant, Sophie Kauer, Julian Glover, Allan Corduner, Sylvia Flote, Vincent Riotta, Sam Douglas, Lucie Pohl, Vivian Full, Lee Sellars, Christoph Tomanek, Frank Röth, Diana Birenytė, André Röhner, Jessica Hansen, Murali Perumal, Sydney Lemmon, Ryan Reynolds
Director: Todd Field
Victor_Fallon - 12 January 2023 Utterly moronic. Tar establishes its central thesis early on. Should we seperate art from the artist? It's an age-old question worthy of exploration.
But then the movie completely abandons its own premise and spends the next two hours exploring an entirely different question - can an artist seperate *themselves* from their art? Well, obviously the answer is 'no'. But not a single person in the cinema, nor on the planet, would ever ask something so inane.
This is like a child asking 'why does poop smell?' and then the parent answering by playing a trumpet solo.
I hate using the word pretentious, but with the intentionally sterile performances, rigid cinematography and clockwork characters, no other word will do. It is constantly screaming at us to pay attention to the subtext and even uses cheesy tricks like inserting 'ghosts' into background scenes to suggest depth. It desperately wants to be seen as smart, but it's stupid beyond belief.
I've never seen a movie that misses its own point. Correction: I have now.
iulstein - 5 January 2023 Thank you Todd Field and Cate Blanchett!!!!! I almost instantly knew this movie was specifically written for Cate Blanchett without even looking it up... But, then again, how hard can it be for CB to play ANYTHING? Question is how hard was to write, pitch it to CB and direct it? AS A FAKE BIOPIC??? There are so many layers to this movie I could write a book on it! From gender to religion to culture to power to control to loyalty to partnership to romance to parenting to authenticity, to sociopathic and narcissistic behaviour to ambition and infatuation, etc. All summed up in what we call HUMAN NATURE! And all spectacularly (dis)played by CB... and here's the twist! IN A MAN'S ROLE!!!! And now please clear the red carpet for the 3rd time winner of (at least!) the OSCAR! + the Golden Globe, SAG, Critics' Choice, BAFTA, AACTA... whatevz! I reckon this movie finally consecrated the shift in the gender-equality paradigm!