LOVE. OBSESSION. BETRAYAL.
The rock scene in Austin, Texas may not seem like a natural fit for Terrence Malick, but he did go to school in that city, and he certainly makes that place his own in this film. It follows three musicians (Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara) and a waitress (Natalie Portman) who’s drawn into that world; in typical Malick fashion, there are fleeting glimpses of romantic passion, musical passion, alienation and tragedy. Watching these stars is pleasant, the film is not exactly dull… but it’s all undeniably empty.
2017-U.S. 129 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Terrence Malick. Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki. Cast: Ryan Gosling (BV), Michael Fassbender (Cook), Rooney Mara (Faye), Natalie Portman (Rhonda), Cate Blanchett, Lykke Li… Val Kilmer, Holly Hunter.
Trivia: Filmed in 2012. Several musicians make cameo appearances, including Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Flea and First Aid Kit.