It's one of Cate Blanchett's best roles to date, but is Tár streaming anywhere yet?
Chronicling the fall from grace of world-famous orchestra conductor Lydia Tár (Blanchett)—and prompting a monsoon of social media memes in the process—the psychological drama scored the acclaimed Australian actress the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama back in January 2023, as well as nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Screenplay.
And yes, the Oscar buzz is deafening, with nominated Blanchett a favorite to win Best Actress this year. (Tár is also up for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography at this year's Academy Awards, which will air on ABC on Sunday, March 12.)
While other recent releases like She Said and Women Talking take on the abuse of power against women, Tár centers on a woman as a string of scandals and cancel culture upend the privileged position she occupies in both the orchestra and the world at large.
It's a welcome comeback for writer-director Todd Field—last seen for the 2006 Kate Winslet-led film Little Children—and a triumph for Blanchett. But where is Tár streaming? Here's everything you know to watch the Oscar nominee at home.
Where is 'Tár' streaming?
Yes, Tár—which, after premiering at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2022, saw a wide release in the United States on October 28—is finally available on streaming.
As of Friday, January 27, the film is hosted on Peacock. The platform choice wasn't too much of a surprise, as the title was produced by Focus Features, which, like the streamer itself, is owned by the parent company NBCUniversal.
Of course, that means you will need a Peacock subscription to view Tár on the platform. Plans currently include Premium, which is an ad-supported subscription for $4.99 per month, or Premium Plus, which gets you a commercial-free experience and the ability to download and watch titles offline for $9.99 a month.
'Tár' plot summary: what's it about?
The film, "set in the international world of classical music, centers on Lydia Tár, widely considered one of the greatest living composer/conductors and first-ever female chief conductor of a major German orchestra," per Focus Features. However, "her life begins to unravel in a singularly modern way. The result is an examination of power, and its impact and durability in today’s society."
Watch the 'Tár' trailer:
Who's who in the 'Tár' cast?
Joining Blanchett is German actress Nina Hoss as Lydia's wife Sharon, Portrait of a Lady on Fire star Noémie Merlant as her put-upon assistant, and Mark Strong as a wannabe-conductor investment banker.
The full cast list includes:
- Cate Blanchett as Linda Tarr/"Lydia Tár
- Nina Hoss as Sharon Goodnow
- Noémie Merlant as Francesca Lentini
- Sophie Kauer as Olga Metkina
- Julian Glover as Andris Davis
- Allan Corduner as Sebastian Brix
- Mark Strong as Eliot Kaplan
- Sylvia Flote as Krista Taylor
- Mila Bogojevic as Petra
- Adam Gopnik as himself
- Zethphan Smith-Gneist as Max
'Tár' runtime: how long is it?
Don't worry: Tár is long but not Babylon long, coming in at two hours and 37 minutes.
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Is Lydia Tár real? Is 'Tár' based on a true story?
Despite the many parody Twitter accounts and the fact that the film does present as a pseudo biopic, no, Lydia Tár is not real and Tár is not based on a true story.
However, one real-life female conductor has taken issue with the supposed similarities between her own career and Tár's onscreen one.
Like Blanchett's Lydia, Marin Alsop—who is actually referenced directly in Field's film—is a Leonard Bernstein prodigy, conducts at a prominent orchestra (she is the chief conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra) and is even married to a female orchestral musician.
"So many superficial aspects of TÁR seemed to align with my own personal life. But once I saw it I was no longer concerned, I was offended," Aslop told The Sunday Times. regarding the film. "I was offended as a woman, I was offended as a conductor, I was offended as a lesbian." She continued: "To have an opportunity to portray a woman in that role and to make her an abuser—for me that was heartbreaking."
Cate Blanchett responded to Aslop criticisms on BBC Radio 4, saying she has the "utmost respect" for Aslop, who is a "trailblazer of a musician and a conductor."
"It’s a very provocative film and it will elicit a lot of very strong responses for people," the actress added.
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