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(2022) (Cate Blanchett, Noemie Merlant) (R)
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- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: The world's greatest living female composer/conductor must contend with mounting pressure on her carefully orchestrated work-life balance.
Lydia Tár (CATE BLANCHETT) is the world's greatest living female composer/conductor, married to Sharon Goodnow (NINA HOSS) with whom she's raising their adopted daughter, Petra (MILA BOGOJEVIC). They live in Germany where Lydia oversees all operations of the renowned orchestra with the help of her assistant, Francesca Lentini (NOEMIE MERLANT), assistant composer, Sebastian Brix (ALLAN CORDUNER), and her investor and wannabe conductor, Eliot Kaplan (MARK STRONG).
She's recorded all but one of Gustav Mahler's symphonies and is mounting that, all while teaching classes and grooming a talented but unorthodox young Russian cellist, Olga Metkina (SOPHIE KAUER). But Lydia's egotistical and confrontational methods rub some people the wrong way, while news breaks that a young conductor she once mentored but then dismissed has since committed suicide. As Lydia tries to balance all of that, she begins to buckle under the mounting pressure.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Unless they're fans of classical music or someone in the cast, it doesn't seem that likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For some language and brief nudity.
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