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Film 2011 – my 42 films (read all 30 entries…)
24. Tree of Life

Terrence Malick wrote and directed, his fifth film in like thirty odd years. Stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn (kind of), and is this huge meditation on the meaning of life and death and the cosmos, with a section in the middle about 1950s America.

Amazing film. I thought I hated it yesterday, but today it’s just with me all the time. It’s NOT a film to be seen if you don’t like arthouse films and have a lot of patience. It’s about 2.5 hours, with only about an hour being linear narrative. There are 20 minute sections here and there about the creation of the universe, meditation on trees and wind and life and death. It’s sort of like 2001: A Space Odyssey in places, without the narrative.

Brad Pitt is phenomenally good in it, the strict father who really does love his children. He reigns it in, he’s not a monster or anything, just stern and frustrated. It’s about grief, loss and what’s the point of it all.

Sean Penn is one of the grown up children, and he plays an architect in New York or something, but no dialogue, just endless grief and wandering through shifting landscapes searching for life and his dead brother.

The ending is strange and very odd. I don’t know, it’s not something I would recommend exactly, because it’s not an easy film, but I loved it today. Absolutely feel full of the vision and the sound and the dreaminess of it.


john_swale is just gonna go

In an odd twist this is being shown at the cornerhouse right now, maybe I should go in and see it :P
There’s a few I want to see but treking into town :S

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