There are few actors who can do more with just their eyes than Nina Hoss (a regular collaborator of the director Christian Petzold, she was most recently seen in Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond’s My Little Sister). Here, she builds an entire character – angular, complex, frequently contradictory – out of flickering glances and the fretful crease between her brows. She is perfect casting in German director Ina Weisse’s drama in which so much is left unvoiced, in which secrets hang in the air like a jarring, discordant note in a concert performance.
The always-compelling German actor Nina Hoss (best known for Barbara and Phoenix, her collaborations with director Christian Petzold) stars as a neurotic, conflicted violin teacher and mother in this sticky, stop-start drama set in the exacting, pressurised realm of classical music. Those who know this world are aware that it’s an arena where fierce discipline and innate talent is required to succeed and secure coveted spots at, first, highly competitive schools and then, for adults, in ensembles and orchestras. Not all music teachers are Mr Holland’s Opus-style nurturers for sure, but films such as this one as well as Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher and, to an extent, the jazz-angled Whiplash, love to dwell on characters whose minds are contorted into all kinds of perverse, emotionally mangled shapes by their devotion to excellence.
Todd Field-Cate Blanchett Movie ‘Tár’ Sets 2022 Release & Adds Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant, Mark Strong, Others
EXCLUSIVE: Deadline first reported about Cate Blanchett and director Todd Field’s next picture Tár, and Tuesday we learned that the film will hit cinemas on October 7, 2022 via Focus Features, with Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant, Sophie Kauer, Julian Glover, Mark Strong, Allan Corduner, and Sylvia Flote joining the cast. In new plot details, we also understand that two-time Oscar winner Blanchett will be playing Lydia Tár, an orchestra conductor widely considered one of the greatest at her craft, and the first-ever female chief conductor of a major German orchestra. The score to the movie is being composed by Oscar-winning Joker composer Hildur Guðnadóttir,...