Tree of Life review

By Kate Rodger

Auckland cinephiles have been buried in dark cinemas all week as the New Zealand International film festival hits town before heading down country to Wellington next week.

Many of the big films from the recent Cannes Film festival have made the cut for NZ.

The much-talkedabout Cannes Palmes DÓrwinner Tree of Life is a coup to get for this year’s NZFF. Globally, it has divided critics and audiences alike.

Essentially a story of creation on a meta and micro level, Tree of Life is about a man looking back at his childhood (Sean Penn), his father (Brad Pitt) and his family, and the events which shaped him.

There is much to savor and ponder in this film’s expansive scope and vision and the epic big screen delivery.

Sadly, the thinly delivered narrative meant the film as a whole failed to fully connect with me, but there is no question, Tree of Life is a poetic work of art and will be worshipped by many.

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    Tree of Life
:: Director:Terrence Malick
:: Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Fiona Shaw, Joanna Going, Jessica Chastain
:: Running Time:139 min
:: Rating: PG
:: Release Date: 25 August 2011
:: Trailer: Click here

source: newshub archive