Few movies have penetrated my soul like “The Tree of Life,” Terrence Malick’s impressionistic love song to life, the universe, and everything that comes out on DVD this week. The fragmentary film follows a middle aged man (Sean Penn) as he remembers his brother, killed years ago at 19, and reflects on his relationship with God and his own brokenness. Many of his mental memories of spirituality were influenced by his Mother (Jessica Chastain), angelic in memory, and his hard Father (Brad Pitt) as he grew up in the 60s in Texas.
Like a stained glass window, the film is made of pieces of images, story, and music that appeal differently to each viewer.
For me, the primary concept that keeps echoing around my head as I go through life is the opening prologue which compares the way of nature with the way of grace. [Read more...]