It’s a great thing to have a major film coming out and to know virtually nothing about it save for a few disjointed, almost random, themes suggested by the marketing. Malick’s film will play at Cannes before opening across everywhere else in due course and a film from this director is always an event and we’re hoping it will make good on the startling promise of what has been teased so far with dinosaurs, cosmic blooms and a father and his son. Can’t wait.
The synopsis follows,
From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950?s. 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 (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick’s signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.