by Michael dEstries
Categories: Film/TV
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Malick’s “Tree of Life”, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain has just dropped a new trailer — but I dare you to try tell me what it’s all about.

There’s some gorgeous imagery that follows the initial words of, “There are two ways through life, the way of nature, and the way of grace”, but beyond thinking Brad Pitt is some kind of child abuser, there’s not much else to go on. Then again, Malick is known for his thought-provoking films, so part of the fun is getting the big picture by sitting in the theater. Check it out May 27, 2011.

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Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Jordan

    Well, I’ll do my best. Forgive me for errors, I’m trying to type quick. This is partly from what I’ve garnered from the synopsis also.

    “There are two way through life: the way of nature and the way of grace”

    The mother figure represents grace, and everything that represents unselfish love, while the father figure (Brad Pitt) represents nature, which is cruel, competitive, selfish etc. The three boys (especially Sean Penn) are “wrestling” with the legacy of their parents. The Penn character as an adult is trying to figure out the meaning in his life and life in general as he is going through what I’m guessing is a crisis in faith and life. So where does he look for answers? His childhood, his family home–“our first schooling”, which can reveal a lot about who we are and where we come from, and even reaches the issue on a universal level (grace vs. nature–mother vs. father).

    The cosmic sequences are to show that nature itself (not of just this world but the universe) mirrors even the smallest of all things–the family. We often think of the universe as a chaotic place (like a popular perception of the world), but in it lies the entity of unselfish love–the purity of what is human.

    • Stacy

      Wow! Great hypothesis/description! I think you’re on to it.

  • red

    Terrence Malick is one of the greatest directors of his generation. Has one of the best eyes for imagery of anybody. Can’t wait!