Tár

Drama, Music Rated: R 158 min
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When we meet Lydia Tár, the first-ever female chief conductor of a major German orchestra, she’s widely considered one of the world’s greatest living composers. She has her life attuned to the tip of her baton. But when the transactional world she’s orchestrated begins to unravel, this film, the third from director Todd Field, becomes all about the ways that art can and can’t save us from the discordant, messy and utterly human modern world. Cate Blanchett completely inhabits the role of the monstrous, spiraling Tár, in what many are calling a career-best performance.

“It’s a total knockout, both austere and dryly hilarious, and its quality is impossible to consider separately from its colossal lead performance.” — Alison Willmore, New York Magazine/Vulture
directed by
Todd Field
written by
Todd Field
with
Cate Blanchett, Noémie Merlant, Nina Hoss
language
German, Filipino, French, English
country
United States