Olga Kurylenko and Jessica Chastain (above) discuss working with Terrence Malick, and the word "dance" comes up not for the first time. I'd forgotten that a Chastain performance was cut out of To The Wonder, part of a alternate movie that we now will never see.
Whether the heroines reinforce notions of women as the earthier, more loving and emotional sex, they do represent the filmmaker’s cinematic project, to which those same attributes can be applied. Both Ms. Chastain and Ms. Kurylenko described a shooting process in which cast and crew, character and director, the film set and real life, work as one. Working in a Malick film, Ms. Chastain said, is like being part of “a ballet dance company without a soloist.” She added: “We’re all moving together, and that includes the cinematographer, the focus puller, the camera operator, Terry and the actor. It’s all five of us contributing to the shot, to seeing what the moment is.”
Ms. Kurylenko also described the process in terms of ballet — “They dance with the camera in their hands” — but said that each character, hers included, was ultimately an articulation of the director’s feelings and philosophies. “On a Terrence Malick set, your thoughts are his voice,” she said. “You think you’re thinking, but actually he’s thinking for you. He speaks to you, and he’s the voice in your mind.”