As photographed at the AFM, here’s a poster for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.
Now, should you not have any idea as to what this movie is actually about just yet, here’s a blurb for the film that was also on display at the market:
From the Desk of Terrence Malick….
We trace the evolution of an eleven-year-old boy in the Midwest, JACK, one of three brothers. At first all seems marvelous to the child. He sees as his mother does with the eyes of his soul. She represents the way of love and mercy, where the father tries to teach his son the world’s way of putting oneself first. Each parent contends for his allegiance, and Jack must reconcile their claims. The picture darkens as he has his first glimpses of sickness, suffering and death. The world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth.
From this story is that of adult Jack, a lost soul in a modern world, seeking to discover amid the changing scenes of time that which does not change: the eternal scheme of which we are a part. When he sees all that has gone into our world’s preparation, each thing appears a miracle—precious, incomparable. Jack, with his new understanding, is able to forgive his father and take his first steps on the path of life.
The story ends in hope, acknowledging the beauty and joy in all things, in the everyday and above all in the family—our first school—the only place that most of us learn the truth about the world and ourselves, or discover life’s single most important lesson, of unselfish love.
I assume that first sentence means that Malick wrote this “synopsis”? Well, don’t give up the day job, Terry. Actually… you can lay off that too for all I care. Why the sudden prolificacy? I think I preferred it when your films were somewhat more spaced out and not just… well, so spaced out.
The Tree of Life will star Sean Penn and Brad Pitt and will be inflicting itself upon my low tolerance for portentiousness in May of next year.
Thanks to Collider for the image and text.