2022 ( USA ) ( Drama, Music )
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Noémie Merlant, Nina Hoss
Director: Todd Field
The genius of Todd Field’s superb Tár comes from the way the film-making echoes the treacherously seductive and mercurial nature of its central character. Lydia Tár (an electrifying Cate Blanchett) is a dazzling talent: a world-class conductor and composer with a towering ego to match her formidable professional reputation. She is one half of a Berlin Philharmonic power couple: her partner is the lead violinist, Sharon Goodnow (Nina Hoss).
Tár is magnificent. At the same time she’s a monster, a capricious narcissist who charms a series of young women, all rising stars in classical music, who subsequently find their careers stymied when they fly too close to the blistering heat of her self-regard.
Through a stunning performance by Cate Blanchett, Todd Field tells a story about modern culture, and what happens when a cult of personality starts to crack.