THE TREE OF LIFE PREVIEW

The Tree Of Life Preview
Comments

THE TREE OF LIFE PREVIEW



Written by Betty Wood
20 Monday 20th June 2011

Volcanoes, waves, sweeping views of the treetop canopies of a prehistoric world: the trailer sees a series of organic images of the earth evolving from the moment of creation juxtaposed against the growth of the O’Brien family in Waco, Texas in the 1950s. It is the family unit that forms the trunk of the film as an overbearing and stern Mr O’Brien (Pitt) tenderly cups the tiny foot of his newborn son in his hands, wondrous at the fragility and excitement of the life he and his wife have created.

But as Adam and Eve fell from Eden, the O’Brien family’s branches grow in polarised directions. Pitt’s character embodies the tense paternal repression of the immediate post-war period as he tells his sons “it takes fierce will to get ahead in this world”. An advocate of the brutality of nature with a warring mix of staunch, borderline abusiveness and intense paternal love that threatens to erupt, Pitt’s character bubbles with thwarted ambition as he drives his sons to succeed. Jessica Chastain’s character in comparison encourages the side of “grace” and empathy; pitched as a series of recollections across a non-linear narrative as the film progresses these two polarised forces collide as the boys encounter adolescence, rebellion and aggression. The characters collide in their bid to determine and discover the meaning of life and carve out their own identities.

Notoriously private, Malick and his cast have been tight-lipped about the movie, which finished filming back in 2009. When the film was premiered at the Cannes film festival last month it won the Palme d’Or award and has been lauded critically for its delicate cinematography and the strength of a cast which boasts Pitt, Chastain, Sean Penn and Hunter McCracken. Despite this, it has polarised mainstream audiences in the US and no doubt will do so with its UK market.

 

The Tree of Life is set for general UK release on 8 July 2011 through Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Don't Panic attempt to credit photographers and content owners wherever possible, however due to the sheer size and nature of the internet this is sometimes impractical or impossible. If you see any images on our site which you believe belong to yourself or another and we have incorrectly used it please let us know at panic@dontpaniconline.com and we will respond asap.



Comments

MORE FROM DON'T PANIC