Monday, April 22, 2024

Terrence Malick Produces Stepson’s Film with Incest Theme


Terrence Malick–his story just keeps getting weirder and weirder. His latest movie, “To the Wonder,” was completely unwatchable. It made slightly more than a half million dollars. Ben Affleck spoke not a word in it. Before that, Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain spoke not a word to each other in the alternately interesting and extremely confounding “Tree of Life,” which was the Emperor’s new Clothes. Sean Penn is still wondering what he was doing in that movie. So are we.

Now Malick has executive produced a film for his stepson, Will Wallace. Will is the son of Malick wife Alexandra “Ecky” Wallace. “Red Wing” is based on a novella by French literary giantess George Sand called “Francois le Champi.” The story is one of incest, which seems to be hammered home in the new clip for “Red Wing.” A young married mother takes in a homeless little boy. Her husband gets rid of him when he’s older because the mother-son relationship is too close. Later, the kid, now a hunk played by Glen Powell– billed as the last actor signed by Ed Limato– comes back and romances and marries the foster mother.

Wallace has moved this all to Malick’s Texas, where there are many beautiful shots of the flora and fauna, and knowing unspoken looks among the various players. Luke Perry plays the cuckolded husband who doesn’t like what he sees between his wife and the boy. Let’s hope this comes to Toronto. Last year “To the Wonder” played there, and it was a memorable screening.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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