TAR Trailer: Cate Blanchett shows her best performance

Blanchett stars as a conductor orchestrating her own undoing in Todd Field’s award-winning epic, which premieres October 7.

Cate Blanchett plays a conductor orchestrating her own demise in Todd Field’s return to filmmaking, TAR. It’s her best performance of her career since saying “I like the hat” to Therese Belivet on 2015’s Carol, and her latest role allows her to delve into the tendons of her gift while also discussing her own status as a public figure and her genius to ponder. Here in Field’s fictional universe that mirrors our shaky one, she plays Lydia Tár, history’s most celebrated conductor, and a woman whose interpersonal interactions with charges, peers, fans, and colleagues become her inevitable destruction. Watch the final trailer for the film below before Focus Features opens in theaters on October 7th.

The film is primarily set in Berlin, where Lydia lives with her partner Sharon (Christian Pezold veteran Nina Hoss, who gives an equally quietly triumphant performance) and their small, adopted Syrian daughter. Lydia, who describes herself as a “U-Haul lesbian”, is preparing to record Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony with the German orchestra she has been conducting for the past ten years. She also enters a phase of increased retrospective consideration and publishes a self-written volume of interviews entitled “Tár on Tár”. From the moment the film begins, a wide-ranging Q&A with real-life New York writer Adam Gopnik has the feel of a woman trembling in control of her own legacy.

But it slips out of her hands. Her assistant, Francesca (Noémie Merlant), who once promised her to the world but now seems unexplainedly ready, is disillusioned. Meanwhile, long-simmering allegations surface against Lydia that send her into a tailspin.

The remainder of the nearly three-hour film unfolds as the Lydia persona, and possibly the Blanchett variant as well, collapse as she attempts to sift through her harrowing public image. Field shoots the film with a Tarkovsky-like detachment, with long passages set in underground road tunnels and cold rooms where all you hear is the hum of a refrigerator and all sentimentality is denied. “Tár” would prove controversial for its contemporary take on cancel culture and politics surrounding #MeToo; nor does it need easy posture or captives. Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir and cameraman Florian Hoffmeister amplify the discomfort.

Cate Blanchett won the Best Actress award in Venice for her performance, and that should set her up well for a slew of critics’ awards to come on her way to the Oscars. Meanwhile, In the Bedroom director Todd Field is releasing his first film since 2006’s Little Children blasted the facade that hung over middle-class suburbs after 9/11. He wrote this film for Blanchett, but it belongs to them both.

“She’s a master,” Field said in a statement from the director. “Nevertheless, during filming, Cate’s superhuman abilities and truthfulness were truly amazing to watch. She lifted all the boats. The privilege of working with an artist of this caliber is something that cannot be adequately described.”

Read IndieWire’s review of “TÁR” here.

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