The Master (2012) (C)
Release Date: March 5, 2013.
Haunted by his past, WW-II veteran and drifter Freddie Quell crosses paths with a mysterious movement called The Cause, led by Lancaster Dodd aka The Master and his wife Peggy. Their twisted relationship is the core of this film that is "a glorious and haunting symphony of colour, emotion and sound with camera movements that elicit an involuntary gasp and feats of acting that defy comprehension" (A.O. Scott, The New York Times). Awarded Best Actor for both Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix and Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, "The Master is a film which casts a spell like a fever dream" (David Ansen, Newsweek). Stunningly photographed in 65mm, The Master stands as an undeniable cinematic experience. Will Freddie be able to outrun his past? Will The Cause help or hurt him? Can this tortured, violent creature be civilized? Or is man, after all, just a dirty animal? -- (C) The Weinstein Company, 2012, USA.
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Ambyr Childers, Rami Malek, Jesse Plemons, Kevin J. O'Connor, Christopher Evan Welch, Madisen Beaty.
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Toronto International Film Festival (2012), Official Selection.
Venice Film Festival (2012), Winner, Best Actor, Best Director.
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