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Tree of Life – Brad Pitt discusses Terrence Malick’s new film

Posted by LiveFor on April 16, 2010

Terrence Malick makes lovely looking films. I love Badlands. Like most of his films actors fight over themselves to star in one and everything is very hush hush about plot. Tree of Life is no different.

There have been rumours that it is a coming of age story, then others stating that it features dinosaurs. Nothing clear cut has been said. Now Empire spoke to Brad Pitt, who stars in the film, about the possibility of the film being sci-fi. Here’s what he had to say.

“Well, in a way. It’s this little tiny story of a kid growing up in the 50s with a mother who’s grace incarnate and a father who’s oppressive in nature. So he is negotiating his way through it, defining who he’s gonna be when he grows up. And that is juxtaposed with a little, tiny micro-story of the cosmos, from the beginning of the cosmos to the death of the cosmos. So that’s where the sci-fi – or the sci-fact – comes in.”

The official synopsis –

Tree of Life is a period piece centered around three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son of two characters (Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain) witnesses the loss of innocence.

We trace the evolution of an eleven-year-old boy in the Midwest, Jack, one of three brothers. At first all seems marvelous to the child. He sees as his mother does, with the eyes of his soul. She represents the way of love and mercy, where the father tries to teach his son the world’s way, of putting oneself first. Each parent contends for his allegiance, and Jack must reconcile their claims. The picture darkens as he has his first glimpses of sickness, suffering and death. The world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth.

Framing this story is that of adult Jack, a lost soul in a modern world, seeking to discover amid the changing scenes of time that which does not change: the eternal scheme of which we are a part. When he sees all that has gone into our world’s preparation, each thing appears a miracle precious, incomparable. Jack, with his new understanding, is able to forgive his father and take his first steps on the path of life.

The story ends in hope, acknowledging the beauty and joy in all things, in the everyday and above all in the family — our first school — the only place that most of us learn the truth about the world and ourselves, or discover life’s single most important lesson, of unselfish love.

It all sounds very confusing, but should look lovely.

2 Responses to “Tree of Life – Brad Pitt discusses Terrence Malick’s new film”

  1. pam fruendt said

    i love malick’s work, but he takes forever with post production. just love brad in sequins, by the way.

  2. Obamo said

    A period piece centered around three boys in the 1950s? Tracing the evolution of an eleven-year-old boy in the Midwest? Jack, one of three brothers. At first all seems marvelous to the child and then the picture darkens as everything goes down the drain?
    Jack, with his new understanding, is able to forgive his father and take his first steps on the path of life. The story ends in hope, acknowledging the beauty and joy in all things, in the everyday and above all in the family — our first school?
    BRAD AND PENN HAVE GOT THEIR WORK CUT OUT FOR THEM ON THIS ONE. THE PLOT SOUNDS LIKE IT WOULD BORE PEOPLE TO TEARS… I GUESS WE WILL SEE HOW GOOD THESE GUYS REALLY ARE. SOUNDS PRETTY BAC TO ME.

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