“Never have I seen a movie which drew me in so deeply.” he says “I was there. I could feel the things they were feeling.”
“I feel like I’ve just cried for hours. I’m just…emotionally spent.” I reply and an hour of conversation begins.
We talk about Love; the love we have for each other, for our parents, for God and for the planet. We converse about life; our childhood, our parent’s childhood, our dreams of parenting. We discuss creation of the cosmos, the earth and it’s beauty; nature and the calm soothing power it emits. Continuing on about God; who He is, how He wants us to see him, our relationship with Him, who He has become to us, how magnificent he is. We exchange thoughts on loosing people we love and accepting who we were and who we have become. We deliberated the meaning of life.
A film just depicted the meaning of life. the TRUE meaning of life.
“The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s. 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. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malicks signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.” from here
It’s not a linear or plot driven movie. It’s art. We agreed the purpose of the film was to move the inmost parts of a person. The same way listening to a symphony or gazing at a painting affects you; The Tree of Life pulls you in and leaves you changed.
We suggest seeing this film (movie is not the right term for the work of art Malick created) in the darkest room possible with the volume 3-4 times louder than you’re usually comfortable with–after all that’s the way Malick wanted it.
It is Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director: Terrence Malick, and Cinematography.
and of course here’s the trailer
Have you seen this film? If you do we would truly love to hear your thoughts!