Song to Song | Chicago Reader

Song to Song

Is this the one with Ben Affleck? No, that was To the Wonder (2012). Is this the one with Christian Bale? No, that was Knight of Cups (2015). This is the one with Ryan Gosling, and like Terrence Malick's two previous dramas it's a gauzy, improvised affair that looks like a photo essay out of Architectural Digest and regards its gorgeous, murmuring actors as if they were statuary. Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Gosling) are lovebird singer-songwriters in Austin, Texas, though Faye strays with the handsome, slippery music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender). Meanwhile Cook is two-timing Faye with Rhonda (Natalie Portman), a waitress in town, and there are numerous, ethereal soft-core scenes of the various couples inspecting each other. But don't get too comfortable, because John Lydon, Iggy Pop, and Patti Smith all show up for cameo appearances, looking like a bunch of gargoyles. With Cate Blanchett and Holly Hunter.



  • Terrence Malick


  • Ryan Gosling
  • Rooney Mara
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Natalie Portman
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Holly Hunter
  • Bérénice Marlohe
  • Val Kilmer
  • Lykke Li
  • Olivia Applegate
  • Dana Falconberry
  • Linda Emond
  • Louanne Stephens


  • Sarah Green
  • Nicolas Gonda
  • Ken Kao
  • Glen Basner
  • Christos Konstantakopoulos
  • Tanner Beard

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