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The Tree of Life (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy  |  17 May 2011 (France)
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The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.



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The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. 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 (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Written by alfiehitchie

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Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 May 2011 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El árbol de la vida  »

Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$372,920 (USA) (27 May 2011)


$13,303,319 (USA) (21 October 2011)

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1.85 : 1
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The O'Briens have a fancy ceiling fan with lights attached in their lounge room; these were not available in the '50s. See more »


[first lines]
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A Bold And Epic Exercise
1 July 2014 | by (Worcester, England) – See all my reviews

Terence Malick's existential and experimental drama is truly something special. When I first started watching the film, I was trying to figure out what Malick was aiming to portray as the story went from the creation of the universe to the dinosaur-filled landscapes of Earth, however as the plot progresses, the message slowly unravels. We sit for 2 hours as the film follows Jack as a young child growing up in a dysfunctional house with Brad Pitt playing (extremely well) his strict and overwhelming father. The story features inspiration from films like '2001: A Space Odyssey' and the art-house feel of Von Trier flicks, but despite this, 'The Tree of Life' has its own unique and bold style that works well in creating a haunting and emotional visual treat, accompanied with fantastic performances from Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain and stunning cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki. 'The Tree of Life' is a bold and epic exercise from Malick that acts as a commentary on our society, a truly rewarding view.

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