After a long, we do mean long wait, the first trailer for Terrence Malick’s upcoming feature The Tree of Life has been released. The film from the reclusive director stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. Not only did Malick helm the feature but he also wrote the screenplay which centers on a man coming to terms with the tumultuous relationship he has with his father. Take a look…

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“Unless you love, your life will flash by,” are the haunting words that accompany this visual feast. The composition of some of the shots are breathtaking especially the ones used in the beginning of the trailer. We’re interested in seeing the effects of Jack’s upbringing through Penn’s performance as well as the actual rearing done by Pitt’s character. How aggressive does he get with the boy? What makes him lose faith?


From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, 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 (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. Through Malick’s signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.

The Tree of Life is schedule to open in theaters on May 27, 2011.

What do you think of the trailer for The Tree of Life?

Source: Apple