In first century Rome, two student friends, Encolpio and Ascilto, argue about ownership of the boy Gitone, divide their belongings and split up. The boy, allowed to choose who he goes with,... See full summary »
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
Dissatisfied by the look of modern computer generated visual effects, director Terrence Malick approached veteran special effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull, who was responsible for the visual effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey, to create the visual effects for the film using bygone optical and practical methods. This marks the first feature film Trumbull has provided the effects for in 29 years, his last being Blade Runner. See more »
When young Jack enters the neighbor's house to snoop, there is a brief glimpse of a tuned wind chime which is heard sounding. Tuned wind chimes didn't exist in the 1950s; there were only the un-tuned, jangly type (and very few of those in middle-class Texas homes). See more »
I am among those who believe that cinema must be in first place entertainment. This movie is entertainment just for Mallick and his friends, Then there are those intellectuals (or those who pretend to be) who will say that this is a masterpiece, but for me a masterpiece should be something that is appreciated for its difference, yes, by his genius, but also by its simplicity and not because a reverie on a noble theme, but it is just that a reverie. For example Pulp Fiction is a masterpiece of cinema of our time! Anyway, this film tries to address recurring themes as the cycle of life and religious faith in a different way, but to me the author in search of something unique loses himself, and instead of a masterpiece created a big yawn!
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