The official trailer for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life has just landed, and it looks amazing. If you don’t know who Terrence Malick is, that’s frankly understandable, as he only makes a movie every four to six years. When he does, though, you’re in for something very, very special. You can check out the trailer up above, and you can read the official synopsis and see the poster below the cut.
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.