Since releasing his debut film Badlands in 1973, director Terrence Malick has emerged as one of the most visually gifted filmmakers of all time (if not, the most gifted). Films like Tree of Life and Days of Heaven contain a visceral beauty that can seem lost when you take them out of the cinema and place them on a smaller screen.
Yet, that’s what will be happening with Malick’s upcoming feature — the romantic drama To The Wonder. Vulture reports that the film will be released simultaneously in theaters and on Video on Demand (VOD) on April 12.
Starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko and Javier Bardem, the film centers on a love triangle between a man (Affleck), his childhood sweetheart (McAdams) and a French beauty (Kurylenko). Once again demonstrating his tendency towards massive cuts (see Sean Penn in Tree of Life and the entirety of Thin Red Line), Malick apparently cut out much of Affleck’s dialogue in the film as well as co-star Rachel Weisz.