Presented in competition at the Venice Film Festival in September, Tár was written for Cate Blanchett by director Todd Field, who returned to directing after sixteen years. It is thanks to the totally fictional role of Lydia Tár, “a conductor considered one of the best in her field and the very first woman in history to conduct a large German orchestra”, that the actress has won her second Volpi Cup for Best Actress, after the one received in 2007 for her role as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There by Todd Haynes. This thriller of nearly 2 hours and 40 minutes immerses us in the world of music classic, little publicized but also subject to abuse of power. Lydia Tár is Germany’s first female conductor, a predominantly male profession, but she is powerful and therefore not spared from accusations of abuse and harassment. Complex, the film auscultates the reports of oppression but reverses the expectations of the viewer oriented by reading the short synopsis. A rare and not very prolific director, Todd Field had won an Oscar nomination for Little Children, produced in 2006, and five In the Bedroom, released in 2001. After seducing the jury of the Venice Film Festival, Cate Blanchett could conquer that of the Academy next March. Tár is scheduled for February 22 in French cinemas. We also find Noémie Merlant in the cast.
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