- Cast: Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, Charles Baker, Romina Mondello, Cassidee Vandalia, Jeff Anderson, Tatiana Chiline, Gregg Elliott, Russell Vaclaw, Wigi Black, Russ Vaclaw, Tamar Baruch, Darren Patnode, Tony O'Gans, William Riddle, Bruce Peabody, Emma Johnson, Kenneth Woodhams, Bobby Davis Horsley, Michael Anderson, Michael Bumpus, Francis Gardner, Jamie Conner, Lois Boston, Amy Christiansen, Terry York, Brian Christiansen
- Director: Terrence Malick
- Writer: Terrence Malick
- Producers: Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green
- Co Producers: Hans Graffunder, Sandhya Shardanand
- Associate Producers: Charley Beil, Morgan Pollitt
- Executive Producers: Jason Krigsfeld, Joseph Krigsfeld, Glen Basner
- Art Direction: David Crank
- Casting: Chris Freihofer
- Costume Design: Jacqueline West
- D.O.P.: Emmanuel Lubezki
- Editors: A.J. Edwards, Keith Fraase, Shane Hazen, Christopher Roldan, Mark Yoshikawa
- Makeup: Tina Roesler Kerwin
- Music: Hanan Townshend
- Production Design: Jack Fisk
- Set Decoration: Jeanette Scott
"To the Wonder" tells the story of Marina (Kurylenko) and Neil (Affleck), who meet in France and move to Oklahoma to start a life together, where problems soon arise. While Marina makes the acquaintance of a priest and fellow exile (Bardem), who is struggling with his vocation, Neil renews a relationship with a childhood sweetheart, Jane (McAdams). Bold and lyrical, the film is a moving, gorgeously shot exploration of love in its many forms.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Oklahoma, USA; Paris, France
- MPAA Warning: Some sexuality/nudity
- Production Companies: Redbud Pictures
- Production Schedule: September 2010 - June 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: "Influential, but divisive filmmaker Terrence Malick continues his increasingly prolific (by his standards) work surge with this romantic drama which centers on the romance between an American man (Ben Affleck) and a European woman (Olga Kurylenko). Affleck's character briefly reconnects with a woman (Rachel McAdams) from his hometown, while Kurylenko's contemplates the nature of her romantic relationship because she was never divorced by the first husband she abandoned (and so can't remarry).
Despite all the talk of a more conventional narrative than usual back in 2009, the opposite has proven true as this film adopts a quite experimental approach. Interviews with actors and extras have revealed that Malick shot the film without a script and with natural lighting. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki has labelled it Malick's most abstract, impressionistic and purely cinematic work yet. Yet, it also contains his signature stunning shot compositions done with sweeping camera moves at angles above or below the horizon.
Malick famously forms his films in the post-production phase - sometimes taking years to get them just right. In the process he loses around half of the performances that are actually shot for the film. The same has happened here with the work of Jessica Chastain, Rachel Weisz, Amanda Peet, Barry Pepper and Michael Sheen hitting the cutting room floor. Shot States-side and in Paris in late 2010/early 2011, 'Wonder' came together relatively quickly and was done in time for an early September debut last year at the Venice Film Festival.
Like with "The Tree of Life" at Cannes, reviews for 'Wonder' at Venice were polarised. While 'Tree' walked away with the prestigious Palme d'Or, 'Wonder' missed out on the Golden Lion. Critics described it as being in the same vein as 'Tree', but with a more intimate approach - asking questions about romance and the nature of intimacy rather than the bigger questions about the nature of existence that were pondered in 'Tree'. The dialogue here is very limited and confined to soft-spoken throwaway existentialist cliches, meaning this is a visual meditation that you will either find transcendent and fulfilling, or pedantic and pretentious."