The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Director: Terrence Malick Cast: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

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The eldest son of a 1950s-era Midwestern family sets out on an existential journey that leads him to question his faith while seeking the answers to life's most challenging mysteries in this evocative drama from celebrated director Terrence Malick. Meanwhile, as Jack's (Sean Penn) innocence slowly erodes, his turbulent relationship with his father (Brad Pitt) becomes the specter that hangs over his every thought and action.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2018
UPC: 0715515219518
Original Release: 2011
Rating: PG-13
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:19:00
Sales rank: 43

Special Features

New extended verion of the film featuring an additional fifty minutes of footage; Exploring "The Tree of Life," a 2011 documentary featuring collaborators and admirers of Malick's, including filmmakers David Fincher and Christopher Nolan; New interviews with actor Jessica Chastain and senior visual-effects supervisor Dan Glass; New video essay by critic Benjamin B about the film's cinematography and style, featuring audio interviews with Lubezki, production designer Jack Fisk, and other crew members; New interview with critic Alex Ross about Malick's use of classical music; Video essay from 2011 by critic Matt Zoller Steitz and editor Serena Bramble; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt Mr. O'Brien
Sean Penn Jack O'Brien
Jessica Chastain Mrs. O'Brien
Hunter McCracken Young Jack
Laramie Eppler R.L.
Tye Sheridan Steve
Fiona Shaw Grandmother
Jessica Fuselier Guide
Nicolas Gonda Mr. Reynolds
William Wallace Architect
Kelly Koonce Father Haynes
Bryce Boudoin Robert
Jimmy Donaldson Jimmy
Kameron Vaughn Cayler
Cole Cockburn Harry Bates
Dustin Allen George Walsh
Brayden Whisenhunt Jo Bates
Joanna Going Jack's Wife
Irene Bedard Messenger
Finnegan Williams Jack at 2
Michael Koeth Jack at 5
John Howell R.L. at 2
Samantha Martinez Samantha
Savannah Welch Mrs. Kimball
Tamara Jolaine Mrs. Stone
Julia Smith Beth
Anne Nabors Rue
Christopher Ryan Prisoner
Tyler Thomas Tyler Stone
Michael Showers Mr. Brown
Kim Whalen Mrs. Brown
Margaret Ann Hoard Jane
Wally Welch Clergyman
Hudson Long Mr. Bagley
Michael Dixon Dusty Walsh
William Hardy Jack's Work Colleague
Tommy Hollis Tommy
Cooper Franklin Sutherland Robert #2
John Cyrier Biplane Pilot
Erma Lee Alexander Erma
Nicholas Yedinak Nicholas Swimmer
Claire Oelkers Organist Double
Thomas Pavlechko Hand Double for Mr. Pitt

Technical Credits
Terrence Malick Director,Screenwriter
Bobby Bastarache Asst. Director
Craig Berkey Sound/Sound Designer
Ivan Bess Associate Producer
Vicky Boone Casting
Hank Corwin Editor
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer
Joel Dougherty Sound Editor
Jack Fisk Production Designer
Dede Gardner Producer
Roanna Gillespie Musical Direction/Supervision
Nicolas Gonda Co-producer
Sarah Green Producer
Grant Hill Producer
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
Francine Maisler Casting
Brad Pitt Producer
Bill Pohlad Producer
Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Daniel Rezende Editor
Donald Rosenfeld Executive Producer
Sandhya Shardanand Associate Producer
Billy Weber Editor
Jacqueline West Costumes/Costume Designer
Joerg Widmer Cinematographer
Mark Yoshikawa Editor

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The Tree of Life 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
dygunraider More than 1 year ago
The Tree of Life is without a doubt, one of the best films ever made. It allows us to watch, and develop connections with the most Average of characters, no Super Heroes, no Aliens, just real people, some might complain the "Birth of The Cosmos" part is a tad off kilter but it fits trust me, we see Humanity as the main focus, but are at the same time amazed by how little we are in the Grand Scheme of the Universe. Every shot of this film feels like it should belong in a Museum or in classes where Cinematogrophers demonstrate the best possible way to shoot a film. The story is Visionary, in so many ways its impossible to name them all. I know I probably sound like some Fanatic, as I know some dismiss this film as "Self Absorbed" or "Pretensious" I'm not quite sure what human being could concieve of calling this film those words, except perhaps one of Immense Stupidity who only values passing entertainment. That's probably one of the reasons why this film wasn't a huge success, you know? Last time I checked it had grossed around 40 million and cost 30 million to make, that's ten million bucks which is nice but obviously not the best it could've done, and nowhere near to the Big Box office films this year like "Stranger Tides" and "Dark of The Moon" Its really too bad, that people will watch films like those and then dismiss this as pretensious, when those films I mentioned are really much more pretensious than this film. Whereas the popular Popcorn fare assumes it knows what the audience wants, this film doesn't. It's more of a film beconning you to come take a look and meditate upon the deep seated Philosophical questions of life, tell me which sounds more important? Whether you think this film is a Deep question, or just Religious Propaganda(trust me some people say so) it all depends on you. I mean we all pretty much know what Transformers "Meant" dont we? This is a film that challenges you to decide. Which inevitably leads to some comparing it to 2001, which if you've read my review of that you know I found it just about Average, this film on the other hand is well above average, and I hope and pray it is within you to enjoy it - CM
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JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
I don’t often encounter films that leave me genuinely baffled, but “The Tree of Life” is that rare film for which my only honest response is “huh?” I suspect that the flaw lies in my lack of cinematic sophistication. Although I consider myself a film geek and I can usually figure out the subtleties of artsy films, the film grammar and narrative style of this film elude me. I liked what I understood of the conventional portions of the film, which focus on the problematic and often discomfiting relationship between a young boy (played as an adult by Sean Penn) and his demanding, relentlessly strict 1950s-era father (played by Brad Pitt). Jessica Chastain is luminous as the wife and mother, and the film itself is a masterpiece of stunningly beautiful cinematography. But please don’t ask me what the story means or how the various pieces of the film tie together, because I haven’t a clue.
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PoorYorick More than 1 year ago
Aside from the rather facile and sentimental ending, Malick's latest film is quite strong and ambitious though it will inevitably draw comparisons to Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey." Malick must have been aware of this, but pushed ahead with the project anyway, confident that he had something new to say about the evolution of life and human consciousness. I'm not sure informed people will learn anything with Malick's depiction of an evolving cosmos, but the visuals certainly have a profoundly emotional effect that is missing from books that take a scientific approach to these matters (e.g. Sagan, Gould, Dawkins, Dennett, et. al.). Malick also doesn't offer any theories about the connection between a cold and unforgiving and chaotic universe (or perhaps multiverse) and the raw emotional impact of losing a child. Like "The Book of Job" from which Malick seems to draw inspiration, beauty, if it is to be found at all in this veil of tears, can only be come in the form of art and poetry. The author of Job (wisely) provides no answers for human suffering; he gives us instead his magnificent verse as consolation. So, too, Malick cannot tell us why we suffer and what our anguish ultimately means; he can only give us a very gorgeous film to watch and study and discuss. I think the movie is a very strong one indeed; but Malick does seem to slip into "Capra Corn" at the end when we see the dearly departed walking hand in hand on a beach in what is meant to be some sort of quasi-supernatural, "heavenly" world. So, who knows, maybe Malick is a more traditional believer than he makes it seem in the earlier, zen-like segments of his movie. Or maybe, like many educated Americans, Malick cannot simply ignore eastern mysticism and so gives us a hybrid of eastern/western spirituality. Overall, an enormously satisfying experience and probably the best film of the year.
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One of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life. I am frankly shocked this is rated so high. Rented the movie from Red Box without seeing how everyone rated it. After I discovered out awful it was, I went back and read the comment. Most people hated it. I have to say peoples comments were more entertaining than the movie.