Some of the most ecstatic reviews in a very long time have greeted the first reviews of TÁR—and its star, Cate Blanchett. OK, first the bare bones: Set in the international world of classical music, the film centers on Lydia Tár, widely considered one of the greatest living composer/conductors and first-ever female chief conductor of a major German orchestra. Then, the bravos!: “The international world of classical music viewed through a famed conductor’s preparations to record Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 might seem like rarefied subject matter, strictly for highbrow aficionados. But Tár is a mesmerizing character study, its fine-grained details extending with needling precision into the shadowy recesses between its oblique scenes. The key talking point will be Cate Blanchett’s astonishing performance — flinty, commandingly self-possessed and ever so slowly splintering under pressure. But no less notable is the return of writer-director Todd Field (a Mainer and director of IN THE BEDROOM) with a forensically crafted major work, 16 years after his last feature…. Tár marks yet another career peak for Blanchett — many are likely to argue her greatest — and a fervent reason to hope it’s not 16 more years before Field gives us another feature. It’s a work of genius”—David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter.
Scheduled to start Friday, October 28