The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. –Cannes Film Festival
Terrence Malick is one of the great enigmas of contemporary filmmaking, a shadowy figure whose towering reputation rests almost entirely on a pair of near-perfect features released a generation ago. A visual stylist beyond compare, Malick emerged during the golden era of 1970s American movie-making, bringing to the screen a dreamlike, ethereal beauty countered by elliptical, ironic storytelling; resonant and mythic, his films illuminated themes of love and death with rare mastery, their indelible images distinguished by economy and precision. Born in Waco, TX, on November 30, 1943, Malick spent many of his formative summers working as a farmhand, an experience upon which he would draw extensively in his films. Upon graduating from Harvard with a degree in philosophy, he entered Magdalen College in Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, but exited prior to completing his final thesis. On returning to the U.S., he became a freelance journalist, with his byline appearing in such publications as Life… read more
Although some may dismiss its themes and find its communication difficult to deal with, I found this film to be thought-provoking, visually captivating and intriguing in experimentation.
Hugo and The Artist lead, but there are also a few surprises here.
Also: Malick, Ozu, Robert Kramer and more lists and awards.
In our annual poll, we pair our favorite new films of 2011 with older films seen in the same year to create fantastic double features.
Moving Image Source’s “Moments of 2011,” Reverse Shot‘s top ten, the NYT’s awards season package and, of course, more.
According to the Passiondex™, the real winner this year was made 20 years ago.
Also: Forthcoming films from Cristian Mungiu and Abdellatif Kechiche, Jürgen Fauth’s novel and more lists and awards.
Also: The Louis Delluc Prize, books and adaptations, and celebrating Studio Ghibli.
Best Picture, Director and Cinematography. Nice showing, too, for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Runner-Up: The Tree of Life, for which Terrence Malick wins Best Director.
Best Film, Director and Use of Music. The Tree of Life scores Cinematography and, at least in part, Breakthrough Performer.
Also: New issues of One + One and the Brooklyn Rail, today’s lists and more.
And more year-end lists from New York and the Guardian. Plus: Sony vs the New Yorker.
“Our film of 2011 is The Tree of Life (by a country mile).”
The Artist wins Best Film and Director; The Tree of Life scores Actor, Actress and Cinematography.
Another big Criterion Tuesday. Also: The Tree of Life, Joan Didion, Martin Scorsese and more.
On the occasion of its video release.
Also: Andrei Ujică at the Museum of the Museum Image, NYFF notes and remembering Paulette Dubost.
Also: Events in New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. Plus: Adrian Martin on The Tree of Life.
Updated through 6/26. In yesterday's Los Angeles Times, John Horn and Steven Zeitchik report on the uphill battle Fox Searchlight will be
In The Tree of Life, we know that Brad Pitt’s unnamed, self-styled paterfamilias is a light smoker not because it’s ever said or
Updated through 5/23. The Jury of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, presided over by Robert De Niro, and further comprised of Martina Gusman
The end of the world will be beautiful, or so says the Polish poster for Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, quite fittingly on the eve of
Lurking in the periphery of prestige at Cannes along with other ignominiously mainstream studio films like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger
Updated through 5/22. "Partly because of his devotion to a meticulous, artisanal approach to filmmaking, and partly because of the sheer secrecy
Updated through 5/24. "Each Terrence Malick film concerns a lost or squandered Eden," writes Michael Joshua Rowin in the LA Weekly: "the
As the year winds down, and in anticipation of the film that nearly everyone who cares about movies hopes/believes will be one of the very
Trailer for Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life”.
Title: The Tree of Life
Director: Terrence Malick
Writer: Terrence Malick
Jessica Chastain… read review
The opening night film for the Belgrade FEST was “The Tree of Life”. You’ve heard the debates. You’ve read the criticism. Is it a good film? It’s good as an avant-garde film, which it seems to… read review
Terrence Malick. Plus de 40 ans de carrière et seulement cinq films. Un perfectionniste et un cinéaste totalement particulier. De ces quatre précédents films avant The Tree of Life, on retiendra la… read review