2022 is over and accomplished with, however best-of-the-year lists are nonetheless rolling out, as cinephiles meet up with every thing they missed in a 12 months the place terrific films have been scattered throughout each launch platform conceivable. Two movies that ranked excessive on plenty of these year-end lists: Todd Subject’s 158-minute epic, Tár, concerning the rise and fall of a fictional conductor (performed by Cate Blanchett, who’s all however assured a Finest Actress Oscar nomination for the function), and Dean Fleischer-Camp’s whimsical little ditty Marcel the Shell With Footwear On, a feature-length enlargement of some YouTube oddities that went viral 12 years in the past.
One in every of these films is a grim, much-analyzed drama a couple of world-famous, sexually manipulative, morally questionable girl in a profession that not often acknowledges girls. The opposite one is a couple of cute, lonely seashell with googly eyes. However weirdly sufficient, it seems that they’re just about the identical film, aside from just a few minor particulars like “tone” and “intention” and “scope” and “execution” and all that stuff. Try the parallels:
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- Each movies heart on sensitive, fussy, idiosyncratic creators who categorical their personalities by means of music, have very exact methods of doing so, and resent any outdoors opinions or interference of their work.
- Each protagonists are estranged from their households and attempting to maneuver ahead with their lives with the assistance of non-family members.
- Each Marcel and Lydia Tár flip to assistants for that help, then make the error of believing these assistants are extra personally invested in them than they really are. Each assistants wind up rebelling towards the protagonists’ emotional wants.
- Each protagonists spend plenty of on-screen time being interviewed by real-life journalists — The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik in Lydia’s case, 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl in Marcel’s case.
- Each protagonists want the media’s cooperation and collaboration to realize their objectives, however each discover the unintended effects are overwhelming, problematic, and never straightforward to regulate. Each discover their fame positive aspects them undesirable consideration from opportunistic individuals.
- In each instances, their assistants surreptitiously movie them and distribute the video on-line, the place it goes viral and causes an enormous blowup.
- Each of them expertise devastating loss, and each reply by falling into paralytic despair, withdrawing from everybody they’d beforehand been connecting with. Each of them search for simplicity by retreating into the fundamentals of their earlier lives.
- Each ultimately reunite with their estranged households.
- And on the finish of their films, they each categorical the tip of their emotional paralysis by creating music for different individuals. Each films finish with a efficiency the place the protagonist takes up music once more in entrance of a reasonably weird-looking viewers.
So there you will have it — completely no significant distinction in any respect between Tár and Marcel the Shell With Footwear On. To sum all of it up, each movies have the identical basic message: Artists are laborious to work with, the media is simply too, and the general public is the worst of all. Bizarre that we would have liked two films in a single 12 months about the identical factor.
However hey, bear in mind the time we bought Armageddon and Deep Impression, two motion blockbusters about asteroids threatening Earth, in the identical 12 months? That is precisely like that. Actually, perhaps we should always rewatch each these films to see if they’ve similarities with Marcel and Tár, too.