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The Tree of Life


Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken View All


Terrence Malick (Director), Terrence Malick (Writer) View All

Released: May 27th, 2011
Runtime: 2 hours, 19 minutes
The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.
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Sean Penn gets a screen time of about 10 minutes and during that time, all he does is look tormented and the questions that the characters ask themselves don't really feel like they make sense in the characters development, but seem to be asked simply because Malick wants to ask them.
In the Tree Of Life Malick shows our world as being outside of time while at the same time being completely grounded in time.
The film deals with God and belief, and how and why we are here on this earth, what our purpose is, why life is sometimes cruel, how we sometimes forgive and forget and how and when we need to move on I think the whispers work better than ever in The Tree of Life, since it is a clever and smooth method used to present us with the characters tangled thought-process, how they pray and who they thin they pray to, and how they show both trust and distrust toward a higher power So if there is anybody out there who are willing to give this movie another chance, or have never seen it but really wants to, I will simply say this know that that this film is very visual, very ambitious and very hard to figure out at times but dont try to decipher too much, make some thoughts about how a given scene can be interpreted, but just try to let your senses get captured by the perfect blend of music, visuals, framing, editing and so on.
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