The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Blu-ray Disc - 2011
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The impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's that follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.
Publisher: [United States] : Paradox Entertainment Group, [2011]
Characteristics: 1 blu-ray disc (139 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.
Alternative Title: Arbre de la vie [dvd].


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Oct 07, 2018

Not since Kubrick’s hairy man ape threw that fateful bone at the moon in "2001" has a director had the audacity to paint such a simple story across so vast a canvas. With a narrative that stretches from the dawn of creation to the threshold of eternity, Terrence Malick’s grand opus takes man’s ceaseless quest for truth and meaning in a seemingly indifferent cosmos and distills it down to one unhappily middle-aged businessman’s childhood memories. We get the impression that here is a man who’s achieved great material success but is now all too aware of the yawning spiritual void at his feet, and therein lies the film’s central enigma: is this the story of one world weary man’s attempt to reboot his priorities by drawing upon his earlier sense of wonder? or is it all but a momentary flash before the eyes of a wandering soul journeying towards that ultimate light? Awash with soaring arias and portentous visions of parting clouds and swirling galaxies, Malick examines the endless cycle of life and death and life through a curious admixture of Darwinian realism and Judeo-Christian allegory which give rise to some striking scenes---a host of proto-planets silhouetted against a newborn star or a young child swimming through an underwater nursery on his way to being born. Some critics have dismissed "The Tree of Life" as being pretentious and overly ambitious and I can’t completely disagree with them. But unlike the clinical austerity of Kubrick’s vision (still my sentimental favourite) there is an underlying sense of humility to Malick’s film as if all the trials and tribulations of one human family pale to insignificance when set against the majestic universe in which they’re suspended.

Jul 09, 2018

You will love this movie or you will hate this movie. I'm in the "love this movie" camp. One key in watching this very ambitious, lyrical film is to let yourself be taken over by it. Treat it like a dream with meaning rather than a linear story to analysis like most films. I don't think it's a perfect film but I think it's a unique and beautiful one overall.

Jun 27, 2018

As a person with extensive experience and knowledge of the subjects intended for this film, I was gritting my mind and very irritable through the first 20 minutes. When I saw the salamander in the forest I said, "I'm done!" Perhaps the concept had potiential if it had been more fresh or sincerely deep.

Apr 20, 2018

I think we've all seen this story before: uptight military dad subjects his family to constant low-grade stream of unhappy controlling behavior, including physical abuse in the name of "discipline". It's unclear what the addition of the nature images were meant to add; it seemed like they'd be better suited for a National Geographic video.

Mar 31, 2018

What an absolute and complete waste of time. One of the worst films I have ever watched, although I could only take 20 minutes of it.

Sep 04, 2017

Not for the average person

Sep 01, 2017

I still want to know who died!

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.

May 01, 2017

Life is bigger than we think....A beautiful, thought provoking, lyrical and philosophical film. Makes you ponder
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!

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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Apr 26, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 99 years and over

nadian Feb 21, 2012

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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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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Mar 05, 2013

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


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