Shot sometime back in the early half of the 21st Century, Terrence Malick’s Song to Song finally has a trailer, just ahead of its debut as the Opening Night selection at this year’s SXSW Film and Music Festival. Set inside the Austin music scene (or, at least, Malick’s Caucasian Idealization of the Austin music scene), Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara are going full-tilt To the Wonder over each other, while Michael Fassbender (who reportedly may or may not play Satan?) lures them into a three-way that, based on his lengthy revelation in Shame, can only end in tears for Gosling (but probably not for Mara). There’s breathy narration, plenty of neon, and even slow motion moshing that, if I’m being honest, looks splendid when viewed through the auteur’s trademark roaming lens. Check it out.
Try as I may, I just cannot quit Terrence Malick. Even after the excruciating white boy angst of last year’s Knight of Cups, it’s difficult for me to deny his unique brand of cinematic spirituality. Will this be another meandering stab at ethereal unknowability? Or can Malick rein himself in a bit and actually tell an engaging human story for two hours? My bet is on the former, but seeing as he’s one of the great visionaries to step behind a camera, I’m always willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, and hope he returns to the glorious splendor of The Tree of Life and Days of Heaven.
Song to Song premieres March 10th at SXSW. BMD will certainly have a review coming your way.