Tár (2022)

#10. Tár

"There's a sense of knowing who this person truly is, and for Tár, only someone like Cate Blanchett can tap into.  A true perfectionist.  And like all people, a flawed one at that."

Tár is one of those films where the main character and the actor are one in the same.  Like Tár herself, Cate Blanchett could rest easy on her laurels;  her fine work, and many achievements, but continues to try and push the boundaries of her own art.

There's a sense of knowing who this person truly is, and for Tár, only someone like Cate Blanchett can tap into.  A true perfectionist.  And like all people, a flawed one at that.

The film bathes in pretentiousness.  Lathers itself in it.  But so skillful is the manipulation, and so real is the reality of the cold, modern world carefully carved out by both director and performer, that we understand the necessity for pretension.  Deftly deconstructing the commentary on cancel culture and what it means to be relevant, in a classical music world that is becoming less and less relevant.

Tár will speak to anyone who's taken band, or been in an orchestra.  But it also gives the non-musically inclined, a chance to peer into that musical world.  To see a conductor's process, and what it takes to create a a great performance from world-class musicians.

Like Tár herself, this film isn't for everyone.  But no one can deny it's quality.

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