THE TREE OF LIFE (2011)
12A   2h 19min   Drama, Fantasy   Language: English

 

SYNOPSIS

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.

CAST & CREW

Stars - Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

Director - Terrence Malick

Screenplay - Terrence Malick

Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki

Editing - Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa

Music - Alexandre Desplat

Producers - Nigel Ashcroft, Ivan Bess, Greg Eliason, Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad, Donald Rosenfeld, Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz, Sandhya Shardanand

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

Academy Awards 2012
Nominee - Best Achievement in Directing, Terrence Malick
Nominee - Best Achievement in Cinematography, Emmanuel Lubezki
Nominee - Best Motion Picture of the Year

Cannes Film Festival 2011
Winner - Palme d'Or, Terrence Malick

American Society of Cinematographers 2012
Winner - ASC Award, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Hollywood Film Awards 2011
Winner - Hollywood Breakthrough Award, Breakthrough Actress (Jessica Chastain)
Winner - Hollywood Film Award, Cinematographer of the Year (Emmanuel Lubezki)

San Sebastián International Film Festival 2011
Winner - FIPRESCI Film of the Year

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2011
Winner - TFCA Award, Best Picture
Winner - Best Director, Terrence Malick
Nominee - TFCA Award, Best Supporting Actress, Jessica Chastain
Nominee - Best Screenplay, Terrence Malick

PRESS QUOTES

"An extraordinary vision of first contact, not between two cultures but between a soul and the universe." THE AGE

"It is shown with a wonder of emotion and visual beauty, together with sublime images that symbolize catharsis." CINEMAFICIONADOS

"The tone of the film is mesmeric, transcendent, awe-inspiring." SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
 

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