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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

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

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17 May 2011 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El árbol de la vida  »

Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$13,303,319 (USA) (21 October 2011)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Terrence Malick wrote a letter of instruction to every projectionist showing The Tree of Life. His requests were:
  • 1. Project the film in 1.85:1 aspect ratio.


  • 2. Set the fader on Dolby and DTS systems to 7.5 or 7.7 (higher than the standard setting of 7).


  • 3. With no opening credits, he asks that the "lights down cue is well before the opening frame of reel 1.


  • 4. Projection lamps should be at "Proper standard (5400 Kelvin)" and that the "foot Lambert level is at Standard 14."


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Goofs

The credits say that Johannes Brahms's fourth symphony, second movement is heard (in a version by Herbert von Karajan, not Arturo Toscanini as in the film), but it is the fourth movement. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack: [in a whisper] Brother. Mother. It was they who led me to your door.
[choir singing dirge]
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Connections

Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #1.33 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Agnus Dei [Requiem, Op. 5 (Grande Messe des Morts)]
Written by Hector Berlioz
Performed by The Wandsworth School Choir (as Wandsworth School Boys Choir), London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Colin Davis (as Sir Colin Davis)
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Thank god it's over... Definitely not for everybody.
28 May 2011 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

I don't expect the majority of viewers to agree with me as it already has a decent rating, but if you searched for people who hated this film then I suspect you will probably dislike it, and I am going to spare you the unfortunate experience I had of going to see it.

Just to state my preferences and for your orientation, I have enjoyed many of the artistic offerings from the IMDb top recommendations, but I prefer my fare more straightforward.

I'll just fly in the face of protocol now and say I had no clue what this film was about. I wanted to leave after 20 minutes but my girlfriend insisted to stay to the end to see what the point was. Other people did leave in the middle of the film and there was a lot of fidgeting going on in the cinema. For the first time in my life I dozed off for a few minutes in a cinema.

There is no plot - only a stream of images following two boys through their childhood and also a flashback to the the creation of the earth. The cinematography was quite impressive but the overall result was oh-so-dull. I am sure there was a point but I just could not be bothered to try to understand it.

Apologies to aficionados. I don't mean to be derogatory about this film. I only want to save some people from sitting through it who would not like it.


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