Hypnotic, profound, and awe-inspiring, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life plays as part of our Movies Are Back series.
Reaching back to the dawn of creation, The Tree of Life tells a story of boyhood memories on a universal scale. The film charts the coming-of-age of Jack O'Brien in Waco, Texas in the 1950s as he learns to navigate the extremes of nature and grace represented by his bitter, often tyrannical father (Brad Pitt) and his ethereal, nurturing mother (Jessica Chastain). As an adult, Jack (Sean Penn) wrestles with his disillusionment and the origins and meaning of life.
Aided by the work of renowned cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and production designer Jack Fisk, the Palme d'Or–winning The Tree of Life marks the intimately personal, cosmically ambitious culmination of Malick's singular approach to filmmaking.
“Growing more radical with age, Mr. Malick seems intent on evolving the language of narrative cinema, on finding a form free and flexible enough to encompass the big, unanswerable questions of human existence." – Dennis Lim, The New York Times
“The tone of the film is mesmeric, transcendent, awe-inspiring.” – Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
“By juxtaposing the tiny, 'mundane' human with the towering, colossal setting in which we exist, it's almost impossible not to imagine that there must be rhyme and reason behind the sheer magnitude of this imagery." – Mark Jackson, Epoch Times
- Rating PG-13
- Running time 139
- Released 06-01-2022
- Genre Drama