The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life
  • PG-13
  • 2h 19m
  • 2011
Certified Fresh84%
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Terrence Malick directs Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in this impressionistic exploration of the complicated relationship between a father and son in a 1950s Texas family.
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Certified Fresh84%
Critics Consensus: Terrence Malick's singularly deliberate style may prove unrewarding for some, but for patient viewers, Tree of Life is an emotional as well as visual treat.
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Unique, difficult, poetic masterpiece about life and death.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, even more so than his previous movies, this drama from legendary and elusive director Terrence Malick is a work of poetic images rather than a cohesive, solid story. The main theme seems to be family relationships, but it all takes place within a huge universal context of infinite time, space, and even dreamscapes. There's the suggestion of simmering violence on the part of the father, but while he often yells, he very rarely lashes out physically. Language is minimal; a flashback sequence contains passing visual references to sexual reproduction. But even though there's not a huge amount of age-inappropriate content for teens, younger viewers are likely to be bored; this movie requires a great deal of patience and the ability to embrace new and unique cinematic encounters.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:May 27, 2011
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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