Cannes Preview 2011
The Tree of Life
This bildungsroman from acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick ( Badlands, Days of Heaven) traces the evolution of an 11-year-old Texas boy torn between the contrasting worldviews of his two parents, played by Brad Pitt and much-heralded newcomer, Jessica Chastain. The child then grows up to become a lost adult (played by Sean Penn) who must rediscover the meaning of life. The Tree of Life was supposed to premiere at last year's Cannes festival, but Malick failed to finish the film in time. Nonetheless, the visually sumptuous trailer for the director's spiritual odyssey is so bracingly poetic that it literally caused viewers to weep, and persistent rumors that the film will feature grand imagery of the cosmos, as well as dinosaurs, have led some to dub it Malick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.