Four decades into an already legendary career, Terrence Malick realized his most rapturous vision to date, tracing a story of childhood, wonder, and grief to the outer limits of time and space. Reaching back to the dawn of creation, Malick sets a story of boyhood memories on a universal scale, charting the coming of age of an awestruck child (newcomer Hunter McCracken) in 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, in her breakout role). Achieved with the aid of 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. – The Criterion Collection
Welcome to my blog – dedicated to one of the greatest achievements in film – The Tree of Life.
Director Terrence Malick premiered the film at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 where it was awarded the Palme d’Or, the highest prize given at the festival and considered by many to be the most prestigious honor in film.
From the moment that I first witnessed this film, I was drawn to it like no other film that I had ever seen before. Memories of my childhood stirred while I also found new perspective and understanding in life. Not only did I reflect on my younger years, but as a father I have sought to better understand Mr. O’Brien’s internal struggles and how he indeed was a man with many layers.
The Tree of Life is a reminder of the importance of noticing the glory around us. I hope that this blog will allow you to dive deeper into what The Tree of Life means to you.