Director: Todd Field Run Time: 158 min. Release Year: 2022
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Julian Glover, Mark Strong, Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant
From writer-producer-director Todd Field comes TÁR, starring Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tár, the groundbreaking conductor of a major German Orchestra. We meet Tár at the height of her career, as she’s preparing both a book launch and much-anticipated live performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Over the ensuing weeks her life begins to unravel in a singularly modern way. The result is a searing examination of power, and its impact and durability in today’s society.
The film lets us into Lydia’s rarefied, first-class world and invites us to meet and ponder those around her, from her partner Sharon (Nina Hoss), the lead violinist in the orchestra, to her assistant Francesca (Noémie Merlant) and wonder about their own complicities.
Tár is director Todd Field’s first film in 15 years. After becoming an actor capable of delivering quality performances in mainstream and independent fare, multi-talented Todd Field segued into the director’s chair to helm Oscar-baiting pictures that propelled the little-known actor into a critically acclaimed filmmaker. Field made a huge splash with his debut feature as a director, helming the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning drama, “In the Bedroom” (2001). Taking a step back from acting, he moved on to his next film, “Little Children” (2006), a well-written and superbly acted film that further cemented Field as one of the more literate and engaging filmmakers working in Hollywood.
“Blanchett does it all here: Speaks three languages, plays piano, conducts with what looks to my untrained eye to be pretty fair stick technique, and changes the temperature in any given room Lydia enters with a glance.” ~ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“The adjectives that come to mind to describe Tár apply also to its protagonist: Todd Field’s third film is magisterial, enigmatic, self-contradictory, and wickedly seductive.” ~ Dana Stevens, Slate