NYFF REVIEW – “Tár”
Put some respect on her name.
Tár is written and directed by Todd Field and stars Cate Blanchett, Noémie Merlant, Nina Hoss, Sophie Kauer, Julian Glover, Allan Corduner and Mark Strong. It tells the story of world-renowned musician Lydia Tár, who is days away from recording the symphony that will elevate her career. When all elements seem to conspire against her, Lydia’s adopted daughter Petra becomes an integral emotional support for her struggling mother. That is kind of a weird description for a largely enematic and mysterious film. Todd Field came outta nowhere with this one. Tár is an excellent character study with masterful filmmaking, thought-provoking themes, and a truly incredible performance from Cate Blanchett. One of the very best of the year folks!
Todd Field was not a director I was familiar with, but oh boy, do I know him now. Field really just dropped this. Tár has all of the confidence, restraint, and nuance you’d expect from a storied filmmaker. Thing is, this is only Field’s third film and sees him returning to the director’s chair after a 16-year hiatus. He’s back, and he’s not playing around. Masterful direction and a sneaky visual style team for a truly transcendent experience. There is nothing like Tár. I really don’t want to get into any specifics because this is truly a film to go into blind. A one of a kind film from an under-the-radar director.
Cate Blanchett is amazing here. I won’t go on and on as every reviewer worth their salt has praised her here. She is one of the greatest actresses of all time and is a shoo-in for best original actress. The supporting cast is incredible as well. I don’t want to talk about it too much and ruin the magic. The best way I can recommend this to you is by saying this. Todd Field and Cate Blanchett are gonna ask you a lot of questions, and they’re not sure of the answers. Go see this movie, please.
If you can’t tell, I loved Tár. 5/5