Joaquin Phoenix Talks Out the Side of His Mouth in First Clip from ‘The Master’

'The Master' (2012) Joaquin Phoenix
Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film The Master was long speculated to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, but was reportedly not ready in time for the submission deadline. However, that won’t stop the film’s distributor Harvey Weinstein from throwing a party in the film’s honor, just to drum up some early buzz.

Concurrent with a screening of several brief clips to journalists overseas, the Weinstein Company released the first official clip from Anderson’s film online. The clip premiered on the official website for The Master (courtesy of The Playlist) and is about a minute and a half in length. In it, we hear Joaquin Phoenix speaking to some sort of counselor or therapist, while we see a montage of scenes taking place at a beach. Most of the images are shot through a fish-eye lens, slightly distorting the reality in which Phoenix exists. Are these flashbacks? Hallucinations? We will have to wait for the film’s release to find out.

The clip ends on a twisted-face Phoenix, speaking out of the side of his mouth in a distorted manner. There is too little context to praise or criticize the performance, but Phoenix certainly seems to be fully invested in his character.

Check out the clip below and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments! More news from the Cannes Film Festival coming soon.

The Master will be in theatres in the U.S. on October 12, 2012.

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