To the Wonder

Synopsis: Neil (Ben Affleck) is an American traveling in Europe who meets and falls in love with Marina (Olga Kurylenko), a Ukrainian divorcée who is raising her 10-year-old daughter Tatiana in Paris. The lovers travel to Mont St. Michel, the island abbey off the coast of Normandy, basking in the wonder of their newfound romance. Neil makes a commitment to Marina, inviting her to relocate to his native Oklahoma with Tatiana. He takes a job as an environmental inspector and Marina settles into her new life in America with passion and vigor. After a holding pattern, their relationship cools. Marina finds solace in the company of another exile, the Catholic priest Father Quintana (Javier Bardem), who is undergoing a crisis of faith. Work pressures and increasing doubt pull Neil further apart from Marina, who returns to France with Tatiana when her visa expires. Neil reconnects with Jane (Rachel McAdams), an old flame. They fall in love until Neil learns that Marina has fallen on hard times. Gripped
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Terrence Malick
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  5 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

because I knew

he would start yelling.

I'd never give her up.


Everywhere you're present.

And still I can't see you.

You're within me.

Around me.

And I have

no experience of you.

Not as I once did.

Why don't I hold on

to what I've found?

My heart is cold.


I write on water...

What I dare not say.

I try to cradle you.

To make you contain yourself.

An avalanche of tenderness.

The world so far away.

A ghost.


You see that red band

in the sky right there?

And you see that blue

down below it?

That's the earth's shadow

on the atmosphere.

Look. You see

what I'm talking about?

Stop for a second.

You see?

Look at me.

I'm not looking at you.

I don't want

to look at you.

You're not my father.

You think you're my father.

You're not.


You're annoying me.

Father, I'm going

to pray for you.

Thank you very much.

So you will receive

the gift of joy.


Because you're

so unhappy.

'Cause you don't

come out too much.

Do you get lonely all the time,

or most of the time

when ain't nobody around?

So what you got

to say about it?

You gotta have

a little more excitement.

Just like when me and you are around,

and there ain't nobody around.

Just, "Hey!"

The power hits you, brother.

It always hits me.

You can just say, "Hey, power,"

and it hits me.

Hits me before

I can get it out.

See, the devil don't know

what I'm saying.

And you won't know

and I won't know.

I can feel the warmth

of the light, brother.

That's spiritual.

I'm feeling more

than just natural light.

Feeling the spiritual

light, see?

I can almost touch that light,

coming right from the sky.

The parish has grown a lot.

And we really

need more room

For the community

to get together.

We have plays,

we have dinners,

We have parties.

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Terrence Malick

Terrence Frederick Malick is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He began his career as part of the New Hollywood film-making wave with the critically acclaimed films Badlands and Days of Heaven, before a lengthy hiatus. more…

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