The Tree of Life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXRYA1dxP_0     (link for the trailer)

Coming out soon is a film I have been anxiously anticipating, Terrence Malik’s The Tree of Life. Malik was intent on screening his film out of competition, but he was convinced otherwise by his producers to premier it on festival stage, thus it was shown during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The audience reactions were incredibly mixed, with groups cheering and others yelling not so enthusiastic remarks, but with these varying responses to the drama it was awarded the coveted Palme d’Or prize. You have to admit, anything with a little controversy or debate surrounding in question makes it quite intriguing! One reviewer termed the film to be “long, [and] often redundant” (www.nydailynews.com), but I feel that if you are patient and ignore the fact that our attention span is dwindling, then this film will definitely be worthwhile. Also, with the talent of Brad Pitt and Sean Penn backing the film, how can you not sit back and immerse yourself in the emotional narrative!

I look forward to seeing the controversy unfold and I’ll leave you with a synopsis of the film released in 2010 by the American Film Market.

—“We trace the evolution of an eleven-year-old boy in the Midwest, Jack, one of three brothers. At first all seems marvelous to the child. He sees as his mother does with the eyes of his soul. She represents the way of love and mercy, where the father tries to teach his son the world’s way of putting oneself first. Each parent contends for his allegiance, and Jack must reconcile their claims. The picture darkens as he has his first glimpses of sickness, suffering and death. The world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth.

Framing this story is that of adult Jack, a lost soul in a modern world, seeking to discover amid the changing scenes of time that which does not change: the eternal scheme of which we are a part. When he sees all that has gone into our world’s preparation, each thing appears a miracle—precious, incomparable. Jack, with his new understanding, is able to forgive his father and take his first steps on the path of life.

The story ends in hope, acknowledging the beauty and joy in all things, in the everyday and above all in the family—our first school—the only place that most of us learn the truth about the world and ourselves, or discover life’s single most important lesson, of unselfish love.”

OH! I just watched “Ebert Presents At The Movies” and they were reviewing this film, so I wanted to update you with some interesting quotes.

The film is, “defiantly plotless,” “one of the most ambitious films made in a while and it is only the fifth feature by Malik,” it can be considered “impressionistic,” and Brad Pitt’s character is “intimidating, cruel, and abusive, but there is also an affectionate side to him.”

These thoughts make the hairs on my arm stand up! So exciting!

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