Terrence Malick – cinema’s greatest mystery man – won last year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes for The Tree of Life, and with another film in the can it was wondered if his latest would play at the fest. That film (once titled The Burial) was not on the schedule, perhaps because back-to-back wins would be a very hard feat to pull off. But now we’ve got a new title for the film. It’s called To The Wonder, and it looks like it’s nearing release because it has an MPAA rating.

It got an R rating for “some sexuality/nudity.” Oooooh.  The film stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Rachel Weisz, and Barry Pepper – though with Malick’s editing style, it’s possible that one or more of these actors could be cut out of the film or show up for scant seconds.

There’s a synopsis that hit a couple months back, and Collider noted it, it says

“It concerns a philanderer (Affleck) who, feeling at loose ends, travels to Paris, where he enters a hot-and-heavy affair with a European woman (Olga Kurylenko). Said Lothario returns home to Oklahoma, where he marries the European woman (in part for visa reasons). When the relationship flounders, he rekindles a romance with a hometown girl (McAdams) with whom he’s had a long history.”

If Terrence Malick was younger, this title (and probably his films) would be called twee, though there’s a philosophical bent to his movies that makes such a description look silly. What’s interesting here is that Ben Affleck is working with Malick. The two have known each other for a long time, and Affleck thanked the director in his Gone Baby Gone credits, and Malick also received thanks for Good Will Hunting. Perhaps working together had some effect on Argo.

It looks like the producer are shopping the film at Cannes, so perhaps it just doesn’t have domestic distribution yet – Malick’s never been a big earner. But it seems likely that the film will hit theaters sometime this fall for awards season. Malick is keeping busy, though, and he’s already shooting his next two films back to back. He got the fever for the flavor of filmmaking again. And that’s pretty exciting.

Do you think To The Wonder will make sense in context?