Showed the film to students this week.
I've written quite a bit about The Tree of Life, but I have still often felt that I've not yet articulated why the film's so important to me on a more personal level.
In the middle of the film when Malick is drawing the obvious contrast between the mother and the father--between the way of grace and the way of nature--he concludes the mother's sequence of scenes with young Jack praying by his…
Maps. Paths. Trees. Faithfulness.
Post-Rolfe there are two shots in the film of Pocahontas sitting--almost fixtured--in a tree. The first takes place in the midst of a series of edits: wedding ring on finger, sky, Pocahontas in the tree's branches. She's had a branch break (Smith) but she's still reaching toward the light until: "Mother, now I know where you live."
It seems on the surface obvious to say so, but Bordwell emphasizes that the quickest way to get a…
For me, the really interesting thing about this film--among many notable conversation points--is the sense in which it is about the complex facets of communication with God, and the significance of myths which are passed along from one generation to the next. Tubal-Cain demands that God speak to him; Noah receives visions from God, but then wrestles with what God wants him to do. What's more, there's a strong sense in this film in which barrenness connects with the chaos…