A first look at upcoming music drama TÁR has arrived, taking a fairly interesting – or uninteresting, depending upon how you look at it – spin on the medium.

More than half of it is a slow-motion shot of Cate Blanchett letting smoke out of her mouth, while a voiceover does its thing.

This first feature from writer/director Todd Field in around 16 years – his last outing being the Kate Winslet-starring Little Children – is set in the international world of classical music, and centres on fictional genius conductor Lydia Tár.

A 2021 casting notice explained the story like this: “The intellectual drama tells the story of world-renowned musician Lydia Tár, who is just days away from recording the symphony that will take her to the very heights of her already formidable career. Lydia Tár’s remarkably bright and charming six-year-old adopted daughter Petra has a key role to play here. And when elements seem to conspire against Lydia, the young girl is an important emotional support for her struggling mother.”

Allan Corduner, Julian Glover, Nina Hoss, Sophie Kauer, Noémie Merlant and Mark Strong star alongside Blanchett, and the music – a central part of the movie – comes from Oscar-winning Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir.

TÁR is set for an October cinematic release. Here’s that trailer: