in about 100 words or less
US 139m, Colour
Director: Terrence Malick; Cast: Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan
The Tree of Life is an extraordinary film about the significance of humanity and our place in the universe. A highly emotional story about love, loss and family – the Tree of Life is an incredibly powerful exploration of our own existence, juxtaposed against the vastness of space and time. Experimental in its nature and beautiful beyond words, Malick’s film is an artistic masterpiece of existential thought. Set in Texas during the 1950s, the telling of this simple family drama and its underlying message about the creation of purpose and meaning is delivered in a profoundly original and breathtakingly beautiful manner (Klaus Ming February 2011).