From Terrence Malick, the well-known supervisor of such traditional films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic tale of a Midwestern family members in the 1950′s. The movie complies with the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, with the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned grownup years as he tries to reconcile a complicated partnership with his daddy (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as a grownup by Sean Penn) locates himself a lost spirit in the modern-day world, seeking responses to the origins and definition of life while questioning the presence of confidence. Through Malick’s signature imagery, we see just how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not just our lives as people and households, but all life.
Cast and Credits
Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Fiona Shaw, Kari Matchett
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Release Year: 2011