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Watch: Ben Affleck & Olga Kurylenko Visit Mont Saint-Michel In Clip From 'To The Wonder'

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 1, 2013 10:22 AM
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While doing so for any movie always seems like you're taking a moment best experienced in context and distorting it, to try and make clips out of a Terrence Malick film is an especially dicey prospect. His pictures, more than any other, build on cumulative power, so with those caveats in mind, a new snippet from "To The Wonder" lies below.

In this brief sequence from early on in the film (so don't worry, no spoilers) the couple played by Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko, share happier times, visiting Mont Saint-Michel (known, not coincidentally, as The Wonder of the Western World) a monastery on a tidal island off the coast of France, that draws millions of visitors per year. It's a symbol of sorts in the film of spiritual purity, something that will become soured as the story moves on, and the central relationship begins to fall apart.

"To The Wonder" is now playing in the U.K. and will open in the U.S. on April 12th. Watch below. [BlackBook]

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  • JoeR | March 1, 2013 11:44 AMReply

    I guess you're one of those guys who think that Avengers is a great movie...

  • d | March 1, 2013 2:39 PM

    @Malick? - I would like to hear how it's "not filmmaking." As for "Literally anyone can do that," please show me an example. Thanks.

  • JOER | March 1, 2013 12:31 PM

    And how exactly is it not filmmaking ? Ok you don't like his work, fair enough, but saying that what he does is "just as bad as the average wannabe-artsy studentfilm" is complete bs !

  • MALICK? | March 1, 2013 12:23 PM

    No. I just have a very, very strong dislike for Malick's films. That little clip there is just annoying to me, that's not filmmaking.

  • Malick? | March 1, 2013 10:34 AMReply

    This is just as bad as the average wannabe-artsy studentfilm. I can't understand how anyone can like this trash.

  • Sandrine | March 1, 2013 1:12 PM

    Although everyone is allowed to have strong opinions on everything, there's a violent tone in your comment and doesn't help with creating an interesting conversation. People that declare things like "Rothko isn't an artist, he just paints squares, I've seen better paintings by students" or the comments you and many people have made regarding Terrence Malick's work kills any possibility of an intellectual back and forth. At the end of the day we can choose which films we get to see. I do not agree with the praise many directors receive but I sometimes choose not to watch a certain film if I know it may stir hateful thoughts.

  • JOER | March 1, 2013 12:51 PM

    Again I can understand that someone dislikes his movies but writing that they are only about "people walking, churchwindows and hands touching" is clearly reductive and it shows that you can't get past the way they're shot and understand what he's trying to convey.

  • MALICK? | March 1, 2013 12:37 PM

    I am a filmstudent myself, so over the years I have seen a lot of films made by students, and also made quite a few myself. And honestly, it is much and much harder to craft a coherent story that everyone can understand and empathize with than to make a Malick-style film, which is just pointing your camera at people walking, churchwindows and hands touching. Literally anyone can do that. You see, I am not a troll (if I am using this word correctly...) or something, I do admit that I voiced my opinion in an inproper way. It is just, that Malick's films honestly piss me of.

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