Three stories – one each from the past, present, and future – about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that’s wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. —IMDb
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film, “Supermarket Sweep”, starring Sean Gullette, which went on to becoming a National Student Academy Award finalist. Aronofsky didn’t make a feature film until five years later, in February 1996, where he began creating the concept for Pi (1998). After Darren’s script for Pi (1998) received great reactions from friends, he began production. The film re-teamed Aronofsky with Gullette, who played the lead. This went on to further successes, such as Requiem for a Dream (2000) and, most recently, the American remake of the Japanese film series “Lone Wolf and Cub” (1973). —IMDb
Beautiful visual style and photography with an outstanding use of colors. Pretty good acting, specially from Hugh Jackman. I think the ending could had been a little better and some parts of the plot needed to be more expanded, but nevertheless this is one of the most unique romantic films I have ever seen: A sad but touching story that mixes symbolism, surrealism, fantasy, mayan mithology, religion and science...
A nice romantic movie, about a tree, a dead lover, and the search for inmortality. I liked the art, the music and the acting. Maybe it gets a little bit difficult to undertand what is actually happening, and casual viewers will not get it at all. But I enjoyed this film, and it's worth the watch if you are into deep love stories and simbolic plots.
That there exist people who praise the three hour wankathon that is The Tree of Life while lambasting the powerful layers of visual and emotional metaphor underlying the empathic and earnest characterizations in this film, is a fact that rankles me to my core and goes only to show how untrustworthy the hipster opinions of self-proclaimed cinephiles really are. The former stalls at "why God why?"; this answers itself.
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