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Movie Review: TÁR is a rare masterpiece

Cate Blanchett plays Lydia Tár, a prodigious and brilliant pianist and composer, who is the first female chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra. The story explores aspects of her professional and private life and slowly reveals suggestions and allegations that she is a sexual predator.

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This film is really quite remarkable, it has a slow pace with some very long scenes, particularly its opening which consists of an extensive on stage interview in which Tár explores her love of music. 

This gives the audience a very deep connection to the characters and in particular its main one.

Cate Blanchett is mesmerising, and her performance is so convincing and real that she deserves the accolades she has already received. As good as the entire cast is, It is impossible not to be captivated by Blanchett as she delivers one of the best on screen performances I’ve seen in a while.

The story has some disturbing elements to it, but as an exploration of music and the rarefied orchestral world it is fascinating. Though controversial in some respects by telling the story of a lesbian accused of predatory behaviour, this is is a film that challenges the modern world of trial by social media, and leaves the audience to decide whether or not the protagonist is guilty.

Although a little too long in my view, Tár is one hell of a good film. 

So how did I score it?

Acting  9 /10

Story/Script 8 /10

Cinematography    8 /10

Set/Costumes   8/10

Entertainment   8/10

That gives Tár an average score of   8.2 / 10


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