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


I open my eyes.

I melt.

Into the eternal night.

A spark.

I fall into the flame.

You brought me

out of the shadows.

You lifted me from the ground.

Brought me back to life.

What is she dreaming of?

How calm she is.

In love.

Forever at peace.

We climbed the steps...

To the wonder.

It's coming in.

Love makes us one.



I in you.

You in me.


Why are you unhappy?

I'm not.

I'd never hoped

to love again.

I'll go wherever you go.

Tatiana, look how

cute she is.

You want a little sister like that?

- How old is she?

- Three months.

If I left you because you

didn't want to marry me,

It would mean

I didn't love you.

I don't expect anything.

Just to go a little

of our way together.

Stop being so serious!

You understand?

He's asking if you want to come

and live in the United States.

My sweet love.

At last.

My hope.

How I loved you.

So how long have you

been here?

A couple of months.

How do you

like it so far?

I like it.

- Do you have any children?

- I have a daughter.

She's 10.

I bet it's hard being a single mom.

I know my daughter's a little younger,

but it would be fun for them

to get together, maybe.

It's kind of a hard age

to move away from someplace.



If you love me...

there's nothing

else I need.

You spoke little.

But you were an incredibly

loving man.

Okay, what are we missing?

There's tons of stuff.

It's super clean.

Everything is

beautiful here.

Look how clean everything is.

Are you going to marry her?

She has pretty hair.

Pretty hands.

You guys might

get rich together.

She can even make drinks.

It'll be great.

You'll be my stepdad.

What's going on here?

We're doing

a little remedial work.

Remedial work?

We're looking to make sure

there's no toxins.

I got stuff on my house.

Kids acting strange.

Sometimes we see...

like tar

coming out in the cracks

in the patio.

The neighbors here, they

had their house in escrow.

They pulled out.

The buyers pulled out.


That's too bad.

The reports

from the lab came in.

It showed the presence

of lead and cadmium

in the surface soil

and in the dust

in the schoolyards...

What is this love

that loves us?

That comes from nowhere.

From all around.

The sky.

You, cloud.

You love me, too.

I've had it blonde and

brown and pink and red.

Me, I could never dye my hair

unless my mom says I can.

My mom doesn't care.

My mom's pretty cool.

After school you took her

to swim.

Taught her the names

of the wildflowers.

You called her

your daughter.

I'm writing my thoughts.

You love me?

Of course.

I don't have any friends.

In Paris I had lots.

We need to leave.

Both of us.

There's something missing.

There is a love...

that is like a stream

that goes dry

when rain

no longer feeds it.

But there is a love...

that is like a spring

coming up from the earth.

The first is human love,

the second is divine love

and has its source above.

The husband is

to love his wife

as Christ loved the church,

and give his life for her.

He does not find her lovely--

he makes her lovely.

But there is a grace that

comes in such a marriage.

I got married when I was 17.

And I had a child.

But my husband...

started running

after other women.

And he left us...

and went

to Canary Islands.

And other priests have

told me that...

in the eyes of the church

I'm still married to that man.

They said I couldn't

have the sacraments.

I want to be a wife.

I don't even know why I was

with him in the first place.

Then it sunk in.

I didn't really want

to tell my dad,

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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