The long-awaited return of Terrence Malick wowed audiences at Cannes Film Festival, with The Tree of Life receiving near universal praise and a reputation as the must see cinematic experience of the summer.
This visionary film chronicles youngster Jack’s early life in 1950s small-town America where he lives with his parents and two brothers. Malick interweaves this boyhood narrative with episodes from Jack’s life as an adult where he struggles to reconcile his difficult relationship with his religious disciplinarian father. Through a series of visually arresting sequences, Malick abandons realism for a poetic and ambitious filmic style exploring the origins of the cosmos and questioning the meaning of life. Winner of the Palme d’Or award at Cannes Film Festival 2011.