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A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Throwing herself into the role of a lifetime, Cate Blanchett is on commanding form in this pseudo-biopic of fictional maestro Lydia Tár, which makes a woman the perpetrator in a sexual impropriety storm. Writer/director Todd Field (In the Bedroom, Little Children) explores both Tár's genius and her failings, highlighting her monstrous ego and the anguish she causes others, particularly her put-upon assistant (Noémie Merlant) and violinist partner (Nina Hoss). We also watch Tár abuse her position as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic to pursue the latest in a line of young female musicians, Sophie Kauer's cellist, while a past indiscretion comes back to haunt her. Blanchett blazes brightly as Tár, capturing her musical authority alongside her vindictiveness and capacity for self-delusion. Field isn't afraid to go against the grain stylistically - he opens the film with the end credits and some long, uncomfortable scenes - or to dig deep into his protagonist's psyche. The result is a fascinating, fleshed-out portrait of a tremendously troubling woman.

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DirectorTodd Field

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Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2023-01-13
Languages
English | German | French
Formats
Colour
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