Movie Review: The Tree of Life

If you watch Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (and I'm not recommending you do), you'll gain a whole new understanding of the phrase "art film."

Malick isn't a visual story-teller; he's a visual artist whose medium happens to be film. With each successive film, he moves farther and farther away from the conventional understanding of terms like plot, character and action.

Indeed, you can count on two hands the number of scenes in The Tree of Life (which just won the Cannes Film Festival) that involve characters actually speaking in view of the camera. You frequently hear their voices - but it's rare that Malick's camera actually shows anyone talking. Read More....


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