Song to Song

Song to Song

Terrence Malick (2015)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Do you prefer films that take a relatively conventional approach to story and structure? If so, you might want to avoid Song to Song. Directed by Terrence Malick, a film-making enigma whose films can divide an audience (The Tree of Life, Knight of Cups), it is an impressionistic drama that plays out as an endless succession of fragmented, dream-like moments, many of which are accompanied by philosophical voiceovers. Sadly, the result is monotonous, shapeless and impenetrable. After watching the film, you'd be forgiven if you couldn't describe the plot, which concerns the romantic collisions between two musicians (Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling), a music producer (Michael Fassbender), and a waitress (Natalie Portman). Admittedly, the whole thing is beautifully shot, and it is peppered with sequences that feel spontaneous and authentic. The problem, though, is that most of the film is tedious and uninvolving. Song to Song might be nice to look at, but it is a chore to sit through.

Cast & Crew

BV Ryan Gosling
Faye Rooney Mara
Cook Michael Fassbender
Rhonda Natalie Portman
Amanda Cate Blanchett
Miranda Holly Hunter
Zoey Bérénice Marlohe
Duane Val Kilmer
BV's brother Tom Sturridge
John Lydon John Lydon
Iggy Pop Iggy Pop
Patti Smith Patti Smith
Florence Welch Florence Welch
Flea Flea
Director Terrence Malick
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Swearing, sex scenesAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 7 Jul 2017