FILM: To The Wonder (12A)

Ben Affleck is poised for Oscar glory as one of the producers of the gripping hostage thriller Argo at this weekend’s eagerly anticipated ceremony.

Before then, he returns to the big screen in front of the cameras as an American man in search of love in Terrence Malick’s erotically charged drama. During a trip to Paris, American engineer Neil (Affleck) enjoys a passionate affair with free spirit Marina (Olga Kurylenko).

They tour local regions and Neil forges a strong bond with Marina’s 10-year-old daughter. He moves back to home soil and takes Marina and her child with him, certain that their relationship will flourish in his natural surroundings.

Instead, cracks quickly appear and as Neil begins to doubt his choice, he acknowledges a spark of attraction to his friend Jane (Rachel McAdams).

Meanwhile, priest Father Quintana (Javier Bardem) experiences a crisis of faith that calls into question everything he holds sacred.

Released: February 22 (UK & Ireland, selected cinemas), 113 mins