In the midst of the conversation about the 2011 Oscar race comes the trailer for a film that is more than likely going to be all over the 2012 Oscar race – Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life. There may not be another film that has ever been more highly anticipated by people who love movies than the enigmatic director’s 5th feature film, thanks in large part to the endless setbacks that have pushed the film’s release back at least two years. The film has finally been picked up by Fox Searchlight, a studio that genuinely knows how to handle a film’s release, and we have been promised a 2011 premiere.
The trailer that has premiered on Apple Trailers features imagery that resembles Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and apparently has a story that is similarly ambitious, spanning one man”s entire life. The messages are not obviously apparent in the brief two minute glimpse we get of the film, but there is definitely promise of some fantastic performances from Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and some breathtaking cinematography from the great Emmanuel Lubezki. Malick is obviously trying to make some cosmic connection to the human soul with images of space constellations intercut throughout the trailer.
Read the official synopsis below and see the embedded trailer after that or in High Definition at Apple.
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 will be in theatres in the U.S. on May 27, 2011.