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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mr. O'Brien
... Jack
... Mrs. O'Brien
... Young Jack
Laramie Eppler ... R.L.
... Steve
... Grandmother
Jessica Fuselier ... Guide
... Mr. Reynolds
... Architect
Kelly Koonce ... Father Haynes
Bryce Boudoin ... Robert
Jimmy Donaldson ... Jimmy
Kameron Vaughn ... Cayler
Cole Cockburn ... Harry Bates
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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$372,920, 27 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,303,319, 23 October 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,303,319, 27 October 2011
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Jack (Hunter McCracken) is praying bedside, he says a few lines, stops, and then says more. Those pauses are Terrence Malick feeding lines to Hunter, who is just repeating them verbatim. This was edited in the sound recording. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. O'Brien receives the terrible news at the beginning of the movie by phone, the camera and camera operator are reflected in the handset. 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

Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Allegro energico e passionato - Più Allegro
[Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98]"
Written by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Thank god it's over... Definitely not for everybody.
28 May 2011 | by 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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