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  • TV Spot for The Tree of Life
  • Interview: "Jessica Chastain On The Acting In The Film"

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

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. We see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.

Cast

  • Brad Pitt
  • Sean Penn
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Hunter McCracken
  • Laramie Eppler
  • Tye Sheridan
  • Fiona Shaw
  • Jessica Fuselier
  • Nicolas Gonda
  • Will Wallace

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • In 2005 Terrence Malick had talked to Colin Farrell about starring in the lead role.
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Goofs

  • Mrs. O'Brien's dish-washing liquid comes in a clear plastic container, which wasn't invented until after the '50s.
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Quotes

    • [voice over]
    • Mrs. O'Brien: The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by.
    • [silence]
    • [voice over]
    • Mrs. O'Brien: Do good to them. Wonder. Hope.
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Metacritic

60
Nov 22, 2016

A cinematic symphony more than a classic narrative film, Terrence Malick’s long-awaited The Tree Of Life has moments of breathtaking visual and aural beauty, but in the end it has us longing for the days of Badlands, Days Of Heaven or The Thin Red Line, when the Texan auteur also knew how to spin a good yarn.

Metacritic review by Lee Marshall
Lee Marshall
Screen International
65
May 26, 2011

The Tree of Life is gorgeous to look at. It's also a gargantuan work of pretension and cleverly concealed self-absorption masquerading as spiritual exploration.

Metacritic review by Stephanie Zacharek
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
90
May 17, 2011

Brandishing an ambition it's likely no film, including this one, could entirely fulfill, The Tree of Life is nonetheless a singular work, an impressionistic metaphysical inquiry into mankind's place in the grand scheme of things that releases waves of insights amid its narrative imprecisions.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter