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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MichaelMercier
Sep 05, 2020

I saw this film 4 times in the theater when it came out, and I've seen it innumerable times since.

This was a true masterwork on multiple levels, and with it Malick birthed a new vernacular of cinema. Replete with symbolic themes derived from Jungian Psychology, this is one of the most intellectually challenging films I've ever seen. And I am not a Malick fan --- this is the only film of his that l like. He tried to apply this same vernacular in subsequent films, and each other attempt failed bigly.

I recommend that anyone who wants to grasp this film watch it numerous times.

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dmasterson
Apr 01, 2020

The essential Terrance Malick film. A beautiful and contemplative slow burn. You will either love it or hate it.

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georgemcfetridge
Mar 04, 2020

The ambition of the film produces a paradox for me - I'm left with the sense of an exposure of cinema as a second rate art form, and am not exalted, as is intended. There's a glossiness, a prettiness, a slickness to it which removes it from true, living, breathing art. There's nothing wrong with cinema conceived as a mass art, as long as we see the inherent limitations of such, mostly dictated, I think, by money. For true beauty and genuine elevation of spirit, go to the great musicians, painters, dramatists and poets.

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Davidf05
Feb 07, 2020

Terrence Malick's Epic Masterpiece! A great movie from beginning to end. YES, it has some slow parts but Tree of Life is still a great movie.

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akirakato
Jan 15, 2020

Written and directed by Terrence Malick in 2011, this American drama chronicles the origins and meaning of life by way of a middle-aged man's childhood memories of his family living in 1950s Texas.
The film appears so confused and complicated with too many voices over and unrelated images of nature.
I don't really understand how other people have praised this film.
Why didn't the director make it simple so that everybody could understand the drama at once without being puzzled and wondering about what's going on?

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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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dmasterson
Apr 01, 2020

Your mother's naive. It takes fierce will to get ahead in this world. If you're good, people take advantage of you.

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dmasterson
Apr 01, 2020

Help each other. Love everyone. Every leaf. Every ray of light. Forgive.

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coryegan
Mar 05, 2013

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

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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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