The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

DVD - 2011
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"The ... story follows the life journey of jack O'Brien ... , the eldest son of a fractured Texas family"--Container.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2011.
Branch Call Number: DVD Tree
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (139 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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22950009157199
Oct 08, 2019

This is an unconventional movie, a challenge for me to understand at first. However, the DVD package includes a disc which provides excellent background concerning the making of the film, and this helped me a great deal. The second viewing was marvelous. Terrence Malik's story about 3 boys growing up in Waco Texas in 1956 is told visually. Dialogue is sparse, and voice-over narrations are whispered. Eleven-year old Jack is torn by the conflicting parenting styles of his stern, bitter father (Brad Pitt), who seeks to prepare him and his brothers for the harsh adult world, and his ethereal, all-forgiving mother (Jessica Chastain), who Jack loves deeply. The cinematography is astonishing, involving both the formation and death of our universe and the terrestrial activities of our family. The mainly classical music soundtrack is beautiful. Strongly recommended for patient and curious film fans.

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slarsen
Oct 04, 2019

This was a difficult movie for me to follow - it was so slow and quiet my mind kept wandering. When I came back the movie had not moved on so I was not missing any of it. I'm sure it was a really beautiful story while it was being developed. It was like someone tried to put their dream on film. Sorry, not for me.

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MomMcDougall
Mar 11, 2019

Just simply a beautiful movie, common story told in an uncommon way. Terrence Malick is one of film makings greatest visual storytellers.

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DougD67
Jan 11, 2019

Love it or hate it. I saw this at Westdale theatre when it came out. There's a compelling family story here and some very good scenes (Where were you / You spoke to me / I give you my son) which were so moving they gave me chills.

Then, there was the creation of the world stuff and the dinosaurs, which unfortunately I am not sophisticated a film goer enough to appreciate. Although I was not the only one who thought so, several people walked out during the screening.

Only film I've ever watched where I'm literally hitting my head on the seat in front and saying "No, not the dinosaurs again!" Someone should do a "Phantom Edit" and cut out most of the distracting superfluous stuff, there just might be a good 75 minute film in here.

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wyo
Dec 18, 2018

Although, some may love or hate this movie, it is considered a must see for any film school or film class. If you are an aspiring film maker this is a movie that should be experienced and pondered. Look up the commentary by Fr. Robert Barron on this movie.

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Nursebob
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.

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stevendurben
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.

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mysticmaji
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.

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kpelish
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.

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EVM
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.

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nadian Feb 21, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some scary or suspenseful scenes.

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coryegan
Mar 05, 2013

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

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