Days of Heaven ★★★★½

Terrence Malick spends a lot of time on his movies, and it shows visually. Badlands and The Thin Red Line are both beautiful movies, but even they can't compare to the stunning and poetic visuals of Days of Heaven. The majority of the story is wisely told in silence or with Morricone's score or Leo Kottke's guitar. In fact, I believe there might be more narration (the sister's, generally enigmatic) than dialogue, and there isn't really an excess of narration. Subdued acting and a really simple (nearly soap opera) story don't distract from the real star, the setting--the flowing fields of wheat, the clouds, the house against a stark background. Every shot is like a painting. Absorbing and haunting and an absolute cinematographic feast.