"Tar": Movie that could win Cate Blanchett an Oscar

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"Tar": Movie that could win Cate Blanchett an Oscar

Todd Field's psychological drama "Tar", which tells the story of the breakdown and professional decline of Lydia Tarr, composer and conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, is in the theaters. The film is a big Oscar favorite and represents one of the Australian actress' best performances to date.

"Amadeus", "Shine", "Whiplash"... There are so many movies about genius musicians and their notes from hell that lead them on the path of their own destruction. But cinematography always longs for such stories, and the latest in the series took its form in the film by Todd Field ("Little Children", "In the Bedroom"), which leaves us convinced that it is a film adaptation of the biography of a real person.

"Tar" is the story of maestro Lydia Tarr, the fictitious conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, played masterfully by Cate Blanchett. So realistic that she received an Oscar nomination and that after the film everyone is searching Google for a photo of the real Lydia.

Which does not exist. Screened at the last Venice Film Festival, "Tar" very quickly won the hearts of the audience, as well as the voters of the American Film Academy, so it enters the race for Golden Statues with a total of 6 nominations, among which it is in the prestigious categories of Best Film and Best Director.

The film is excellently made, and the fact that it represents LGTBQI characters and lucrative gender politics does not detract from it.


Schopenhauer measured human intelligence by his sensitivity to noise. Quite a few unpleasant noises echo in the head of Lydia Tarr, the first female conductor at the head of a large German orchestra.

She is also considered one of the greatest and best-living composers/conductors in the international world of classical music (OK, let's use the words composer and conductor). It's a lucrative world where Lydia wears the most expensive suits, drives around in her Porsche, eats in the best restaurants and changes violinists like socks.

When he holds the baton, he compares himself to the person who decides when time starts and stops. She is as authoritative as Leopold, has little time for emotions, and lives in a luxurious Berlin apartment with her wife Sharon (Nina Hoss), with whom she adopted a dark-skinned girl.

"Tar" is 2 hours and 37 minutes long and has more classical music dialogue and theory than we actually listen to. Lydia is a complex character who is traumatized by the world of classical music in the same way that a great gift destroys talented composers.

There are no attacks of schizophrenia, drug abuse and other stereotypical depictions of the artist's life on film. Lydia jogs, boxes, eats cucumber salad, but lives in a sick world where ambition consumes everything around her.

There, at the top, some skeleton will find a way to fall out of the closet and knock on some forgotten door. That is why the conductor begins to be threatened by paranoia, which is very bad for a person who can stop time by raising a baton in front of an orchestra.

Like some sort of walking metronome. Cate Blanchett acts in English and German, so expect that, in addition to a series of tuned instruments, the most beautiful melody will be produced by the deep voice of the Australian actress. She is already the owner of two Oscars with a great chance to grab the third Golden statuette.

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