20th Titanic International Filmfestival

The Master

USA, 2012
Directed by:

The Master
USA, 2012

Dir.: Paul Thomas Anderson
Prod.: Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi, JoAnne Sellar
Scr.: Paul Thomas Anderson
Phot.: Mihai Mălaimare, Jr.
Editor: Leslie Jones, Peter McNulty
Music: Jonny Greenwood
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams
Distr.: Budapest Film
Colour
143 mins

Returning from Navy service in World War II, Freddie Quell drifts through a series of PTSD-driven breakdowns. Finally he stumbles upon a cult which engages in exercises to clear emotions and he becomes deeply involved with them. There's a mysterious and strange relationship between Quell and Lancaster Dodd, the leader of the cult. Paul Thomas Anderson’s sixth feature is a provocative portrait about people pursuing a vision of betterment. The incredible performances of Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman is widely acknowledged  - Phoenix made an enormous effort for the role, lost siginficant weight, and was allowed to improvise in the set. Jonny Greenwood's dark, jazzy soundtrack fit perfectly to this dark, lost post-World War II environment.


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