Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is a 2011 American drama with experimental elements written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Sean Penn (he will appear a lot this year :), Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain (the promise of the moment, you can also see her in "The Debt"). Malick's film chronicles the origins and meaning of life by way of a middle-aged man's childhood memories of his family living in 1950s Texas, interspersed with imagery of the origins of the universe and the inception of life on Earth. After decades in development and missed 2009 and 2010 release dates, the film premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d'Or. The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews for its technical and artistic merits, but there were also polarizing reactions in response to Malick's directorial style and, in particular, the film's fragmented non-linear narrative. But also because of making a difference in the time line it is interesting to see the film. 

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