Renowned musician Lydia Tár is days away from recording the symphony that will elevate her career. However, Lydia's elaborate facade begins to unravel, revealing dirty secrets and the corrosive nature of power.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 158 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Music
  • Stars: Cate Blanchett, Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant, Sophie Kauer, Julian Glover, Allan Corduner, Sylvia Flote, Vincent Riotta, Sam Douglas, Lucie Pohl, Vivian Full, Lee Sellars, Christoph Tomanek, Frank Röth, Diana Birenytė, André Röhner, Jessica Hansen, Murali Perumal, Sydney Lemmon, Ryan Reynolds
  • Director: Todd Field
  • fabri-sebastien - 13 January 2023
    Quite the build up for such a let down at the end
    + : Interesting take on a toxic type of character with high intelligence and realistic situations.

    Overall good acting.

    • : "What was the point?" feeling when you leavethe movie.

    A third of the scenes could have been cut off and you'd still "get" the main charachter

    Frustrating that after taking 2h to develop plot lines the vast majority of them is unused for the last part of the film. I wanted to see and experience the fall from grace and revenge from the people she hurt. I could only see glimpse of it, quite the let down.

    Some dialogs seemed unnatural because of the overly complicated level of english used. I understand that they want to show how this culture uses literacy as a weapon however I doubt this is realistic (but I'm not a native english speaker)
  • bluvortex-57886 - 5 January 2023
    Much genius, but has flaws
    I see that this film has elicited much comment, so allow me to throw in my two cents.

    Firstly, Cate Blanchett's acting performance puts her in a league of her own. Like in Olympic diving, this role had a very high degree of difficulty, and she nailed it. (And I say this shortly after watching another Australian actress come out with a tour de force performance.)

    I don't know that much about music (especially Classical), so I enjoyed all the talk about interpreting a score and understanding the intentions of a composer.

    On the negative side, Lydia's sin(s) could have been revealed more fully, if not for clarity, then for more gravitas.

    I didn't understand the unexplained noises in Lydia's hears, or the cuts on her face, or why picking a particular masseuse was so traumatic.

    Also didn't understand the final scene where she is conducting a small orchestra in a third world country. Is this how her career plays out?

    And the sci-fi costumes of the audience must have some meaning. We are left to imagine what that is.

    For the most part, the long running time did not bother me, until things got very vague in the end.