Friday, November 5, 2010

The Tree of Life

Depending on the day and my current emotional state, my favorite film is Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line. (On other days, it's a toss-up between Lost In Translation, Amelie, or Casablanca).

The mysterious Malick has had a film project in the works for the past couple years, and we're finally seeing glimpses of the fruit of his labors, called The Tree of Life. Above is the first poster that's been released; below is a brief and beautiful synopsis:
From the Desk of Terrence Malick….
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.
From 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.
The Tree of Life stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and releases on May 27, 2011. I am, in a word, giddy.

(ht to slashfilm)


  1. Have you seen Timer? Thought you might find it interesting if you hadn't.

  2. I have neither seen nor heard of "Timer," though I'm wondering if you're referring to the fantastic independent film "Primer," since a quick IMDB search only reveals this:

    TiMER (2009): When implanted in a person's wrist, a TiMER counts down to the day the wearer finds true love. But Oona O'Leary faces the rare dilemma of a blank TiMER. Her soul mate - whoever and wherever he is - has yet to have a TiMER implanted. Staring down the barrel of thirty and tired of waiting for her would-be life partner to get off the dime, Oona breaks her own rules and falls for Mikey, a charming and inappropriately young supermarket clerk with a countdown of four months

    :) Miss you guys!

  3. Yes, that is the movie I was referring to: TiMER. Netflix instant has it. Might spur some interesting dialogue with older high school or college students who wish there was some sort of way to know who they were supposed to end up with.