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The Tree of Life

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Amazing cinematography throughout this film! Still unsure how I feel about it. It’s one of those that wins awards, but am not quite sure of the point. Sometimes I would think I understood it, but then it just left me in confusion. After thinking about this some more, I really do not like questioning God and why things did/didn’t happen. This may be another reason for my dislike of this film. When I question God, I end up in that hopeless, bottomless pit, which is what seemed to happen to these people. I want a film full of hope and trusting God, no matter what happens. Even though a lot of films show the experience of questioning God, the way this film was made just seemed dark to me.

Film Synopsis:

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.

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  • Brad Pitt … Mr. O’Brien
  • Sean Penn … Jack
  • 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
  • Will Wallace … Architect
  • Kelly Koonce … Father Haynes
  • Bryce Boudoin … Robert
  • Jimmy Donaldson … Jimmy
  • Kameron Vaughn … Cayler
  • Cole Cockburn … Harry Bates
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The Tree of Life, 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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  1. CFDb says
    01 April 12, 1:18pm

    What do you think, is this a Christian film?


  2. Barry says
    15 January 13, 11:48pm

    This is definitely a Christian film, if not one of the best we’ve received in decades.

    The review attached to this page is silly. “I really do not like questioning God and why things did/didn’t happen…I want a film full of hope and trusting God, no matter what happens.” What this person wants is American Positivity, not authentic faith. Tree of Life is one of the deepest, biblically sound films I’ve seen, that asks the tough questions and shows the human experience. The entire film is like a quiet time or meditation with the Creator. Terrance Malick is at the top of his game, I would even say any filmmaker’s game. The film has a non-linear style, deals in abstractions and metaphors, and poses deep thoughts on purpose. Granted it’s a hard film to understand and/or sit through, but one of the most important films we have been graced with I believe, and I think if more Christians took some patience, and tried to reflect with this film… but maybe that only a few people will, this will continue to remain a beautiful hidden gem.

  3. Annelie says
    16 January 13, 7:01am

    I’m glad people are blessed by this film. I have found that questioning God and focusing on why/why not leads to doubt and unbelief, not faith which is what we are called to have. I’ve seen many people who question over and over again everything that happens and then their faith is eventually destroyed.

    I’m reminded of the millions that were murdered just because they were Christians. We, in America, are very spoiled and seem to think that the world owes us something whereas the same struggles in a lot of other Countries would not even be considered issues. I hope that makes sense. I believe authentic faith hangs on to God no matter what and even in the face of nothing making sense, still trusts Him.


  4. ClaytonFrazier1 says
    01 June 14, 7:38pm

    Without questioning, there would be no growth.

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