The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

DVD - 2011
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This is a film about the conflict between nature and grace, the agonizing mystery of God, and the meaning of life itself. The death of his brother forces Jack O'Brien to confront his past, which is dominated by his difficult relationship with his father. Jack's father was a stern authoritarian whose no-nonsense demeanor masked a host of unfulfilled dreams. His mother was a gentle, kind woman who often allowed her own needs and desires to give way to those of her husband and children. As Jack's memories come flooding back--of the course of a Texas summer in the 1950s--viewers observe Jack's evolving relationship with his parents, his younger brother, and God, while adult Jack questions the meanings of life, love, and family.

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Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki. Number 12 on critics' poll for best cinematography.

Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki. Number 12 on critics' poll for best cinematography.


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jenniferchan8
Sep 04, 2017

Don't.....
Not for the average person

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posie12
Sep 01, 2017

I still want to know who died!

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gordhut
Aug 28, 2017

I did not understand one bit about this movie; and yet I watched the entire film.
The film may have been thought-provoking, but I had no idea of what thoughts it was trying to provoke.
Some of the visual effects were interesting(at best), but they weren't entertaining.
If this movie has a message, it completely escaped me.

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Lucik32
May 01, 2017

Life is bigger than we think....A beautiful, thought provoking, lyrical and philosophical film. Makes you ponder about....life.
Outstanding film effects and photography from out- of- this -world places such Yellowstone national park and Death Valley national park. Excellent performances, especially of the young boys.
Proud, that Bedrich Smetana's classical piece "The Moldau" was featured in this amazing art movie.
Loved it!

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scribby
Mar 28, 2017

In this contemporary rendering of (part of) the Book of Job, a question is asked of God concerning the "why" of a tragic event, and God's answer is the entire history of the universe. Not since "2001: A Space odyssey" has a Hollywood film painted such a simple storyline on such a cosmic canvas. (Also like "2001", much of the soundtrack is actual classical/symphonic music, in this case Bach and Berlioz rather than Ligeti and the Strausses.) Simple family drama is crosscut with Hubble space telescope pictures (some animated), grand CG effects, and a final Wakean dream sequence. Judeo-Christian allegory is juxtaposed with (Darwinian?) cosmology in a way that hasn't been done since C. S. Lewis' Space Trilogy. A word for both those who find this film "too pretentious" and those who would like to congratulate yourself on being savvy enough to "get it": in both cases, don't. Just sit back an enjoy it. And then, discuss it endlessly.

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Xtremememez
Jan 05, 2017

Slowly starting to realize how unintelligent and stubborn the vast majority of the Okanagan is. It's one one of the greatest films of all time. Growing in size with each passing year

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geogal2
Oct 17, 2016

Yawn...Watched the first 30 minutes and turned it off. Sorry, didn't interest me.

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breemu
May 04, 2016

What a mish-mash.

It starts with the grief of some family members over the death of one of them, then there's quite a variety of some pretty great imagery set to music (some of it straight from the Hubble Space Telescope - with colour added - some of it the sort of thing you'd see on any number of great nature documentaries, rounded out with some rather random computer generated imagery), followed by quite a well done story (with very little dialogue) of that same family in its early years, interrupted occasionally with a random scene of one of the now grown up "kids", and ending with a really obtuse beach scene with a lot of people never seen before all wandering around in some weird dream sequence? imaginary heaven? dead people depiction? with the young and still fully intact family in attendance..

It was all pretty "interesting" but just ok.

And yes, I'm sure there was supposed to be a "deeper" meaning behind it all, but what that is exactly is very likely up to each individual to decide, and open to endless debate.

It was a huge surprise though when the credits rolled at the end and the casting order was Brad Pitt, Sean Pean, and Jessica Claustian - in that order - when Sean Penn had pretty much a bit part and Jessica Claustian was at least as predominant as Brad Pitt throughout the film, if not more. A blatant example of sexism in the oft-accused world of Hollywood? Even with the much touted Brad Pitt at the helm? Or is everyone in Hollywood just that afraid of Sean Penn...

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hammer59
Mar 21, 2015

Didn't expect too much but I was blown away.

Agree with the 2 commenters below.

Awesome in many ways.

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nparrish
Mar 14, 2015

I'm surprised this movie got so many bad ratings. I hate most movies & TV, but I think this is one of the best things to come out of hollywood in awhile. That being said, I'd've enjoyed it just as much if it didn't have famous people in it, & almost as much if the sound was off. I would think anyone who's a fan of nature, documentaries, science, beauty, or poetry would at least have Some interest in this film. But if you need things organized into plots, trilogies, & acts, this may not be for you.

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britprincess1
Apr 26, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 99 years and over

nadian Feb 21, 2012

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nadian Feb 21, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some scary or suspenseful scenes.

nadian Feb 21, 2012

Other: Mature themes and style.

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coryegan
Mar 05, 2013

Unless you love, you're life will flash by you

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