This weekend at Cannes, the Weinstein Co. invited journalists to see some scenes from Paul Thomas Anderson‘s upcoming The Master.
Joaquin Phoenix‘s character, Freddie, a drunken Naval officer is speaking with his superior. This is going to be one of the most talked about films this Fall. It’s set during the 1950′s and is centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “the Master” whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man. Many are calling it a roman à clef about Scientology.
The footage does not show co-stars Amy Adams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, the titular “master”, a man claiming to be many things including writer, doctor and philosopher and he has attracted Freddie’s attention. Dodd is a man who’s witnessed the horrors of World War II and tries to rediscover who he is in post-war America and creates a belief system, something that catches on with other lost souls. Freddie is one such soul and Adams’ character, playing Lancaster’s wife Mary Sue, doesn’t necessarily trust him. Dodd, however, wants to help.