Four decades into an already legendary career, Terrence Malick realized his most rapturous vision to date, tracing a story of childhood, wonder, and grief to the outer limits of time and space. Reaching back to the dawn of creation, Malick sets a story of boyhood memories on a universal scale, charting the coming of age of an awestruck child (newcomer Hunter McCracken) in Texas in the 1950s, as he learns to navigate the extremes of nature and grace represented by his bitter, often tyrannical father (Brad Pitt) and his ethereal, nurturing mother (Jessica Chastain, in her breakout role). Shot with nimble attention to lifeâs most fleeting moments by Emmanuel Lubezki, the Palme dâOrâwinning The Tree of Life
marks the intimately personal, cosmically ambitious culmination of Malickâs singular approach to filmmaking.
- New extended version of the film featuring an additional fifty minutes of footage
- Exploring âThe Tree of Life,â a 2011 documentary featuring collaborators and admirers of Malickâs, including filmmakers David Fincher and Christopher Nolan
- New interviews with actor Jessica Chastain and visual-effects supervisor Dan Glass
- Interview from 2011 with composer Alexandre Desplat about the film, and a new interview with music critic Alex Ross about Malickâs approach to music
- Video essay from 2011 by critic Matt Zoller Seitz
- An essay by critic Kent Jones and a 2011 piece on the film by critic Roger Ebert