Rent Tár (2022)

3.3 of 5 from 408 ratings
2h 31min
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Synopsis:
From director-writer-producer Todd Field comes Tar, starring Cate Blanchett as the iconic musician, Lydia Tar. The film examines the changing nature of power, its impact and durability in our modern world.
Actors:
, , , Adam Gopnik, Marc-Martin Straub, Egon Brandstetter, Ylva Pollak, Paula Först, Sylvia Flote, , , Nicolas Hopchet, Zethphan D. Smith-Gneist, , , , Mila Bogojevic, Alma Löhr, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Todd Field, Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan
Writers:
Todd Field
Others:
Deb Adair, Stephen Griffiths, Andy Shelley, Florian Hoffmeister, Monika Willi, Steve Single, Roland Winke
Aka:
Tar
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Drama, Music & Musicals
Collections:
Award Winners, BAFTA Nominations Competition 2023, Oscar Nominations Competition 2023, Oscar Nominations Competition 2024
Awards:

2023 BAFTA Best Actress

BBFC:
Release Date:
17/04/2023
Run Time:
151 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/04/2023
Run Time:
158 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English Dolby Atmos, French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, Italian Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Subtitles:
Complex Mandarin, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (12) of Tár

Vastly over-rated anti-film - Tár review by Alphaville

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29/04/2023

The first half-hour consists solely of people sitting around having an erudite discussion about classical music, shot with a static camera. It mighty be of interest to patient music students. If you get through that there are still two hours to go as one longueur follows another. This would be more suitable as a play on stage or radio. It’s not a film. It’s an anti-film.

4 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

A study in those who have power and fame, and how easily they can lose both - Tár review by Philip in Paradiso

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30/04/2023

This is a psychological drama focused on the world of classical music. The central character (Cate Blanchett, remarkable, as always) is Lydia Tár, who is a talented American conductor. She does not hide the fact she is a lesbian. She is at the peak of her career and has become universally praised and famous. L Tár is the first female chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. On a day-today basis, she relies on Francesca, her personal assistant, and Sharon, her wife and concertmaster, for support. She often travels to the USA (and other countries); when in Berlin, she lives with Sharon and her young daughter.

The film is about Lydia Tár - a career-driven, narcissistic and self-confident artist who is obsessed with classical music and her role as a conductor. Music and her job are everything to her. What the film shows is what happens when things threaten to unravel, both on a personal and a professional level. (I do not want to say any more not to spoil the film.) As a successful artist, internationally appreciated, L Tár is on a pedestal, but she has also made many enemies along the way, and there may be some secrets that can come back and haunt her.

The film is powerful, intense and almost cerebral in some ways, as the central character is, and as the Mahler symphony that she has been working on with the Berlin Philharmonic also is. At 2 1/2 hours, the movie is perhaps a little bit too long, but it is never boring, as the story and its central character hold our attention. It is a very good and memorable film, but it is so restrained in some respects, with things and issues touched upon but never fully explained, that it, perhaps, misses an element of sensational melodrama, although towards the end there certainly is an element of that. So, it is an excellent movie, but not quite the great film it could have been, even if it is hard to pinpoint the precise reason for that. Overall, you should enjoy it, more particularly if you like classical music.

4 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Gripping and original emotional epic - Tár review by PD

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17/02/2023

Todd Field's highly original emotional epic, part psychological thriller, part character study, concerns the downfall of a world-famous conductor, superbly played by Cate Blanchett. The film is at its best in channelling a distinct sense of Kubrick-style unease as it charts the slow, tortuous unmaking of Tar, her seeming invincibility being of course precisely what leads to her downfall. It's basically a film about the corruption of power and the dichotomy of genius, although Field also attempts (rather less successfully) to include such topical themes as cancel culture and the #metoo movement. The film is mercifully not a manifesto, and cleverly eschews conventional narrative, and although it sometimes resorts to lazy shorthand in conveying the details of the protagonist's dilemmas, Blanchett's performance is compelling throughout, and particularly effective for me are the surreal elements that appear unexpectedly during the tale, which often effectively reveal a burdened conscience. Despite its length (over two and a half hours) no minute feels wasted, and indeed it is the last section that is particularly engaging, with an unexpected ending which is both quirky and tragic. Gripping stuff.

3 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

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