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The Strangest Episode in Irish Cinema

The Strangest Episode in Irish Cinema

Nina Hoss is cheated on in ‘Tár.’ But here’s why she’s not a victim.

The story of Nina Hoss and Tár is one of the strangest episodes in Irish cinema. The film opened in Dublin in 2007. A man named Tár shows up one afternoon in a bar in Rathdowny, a quiet corner of Dublin. He approaches a woman sitting at the bar and invites her to come outside to sit on his veranda.

“You’re the woman I was looking for,” he says. “Your name is Nina?”

“Yes,” she says.

“Well, I’m here, and I don’t want to offend you in any way. But I need you to leave because I have something really bad to tell you.”

And he proceeds to tell her a story so unbelievable the movie’s audience is in stitches.

“It’s all wrong,” he tells her. “Your husband is in the grave, and you’re the one who should be sitting here with him.”

At that, he turns to leave. Nina grabs his wrist. “Wait,” she says. “If that’s really going to happen, I want to say something.”

“What?” he asks.

“I don’t want to hear it.”

With that, he turns to go, but Nina isn’t prepared to see him go. She says, “I feel like somebody really bad is going to die in the next 10 minutes.”

The movie, released last year, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, only this time the Oscar went to a woman: Nina Hoss, who plays a woman on “Tár.”

The award marked a significant moment in gender relations in Hollywood — but it’s another chapter that’s rarely discussed.

Hoss, who started acting when she was 12, was already famous at the time of

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