Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The Tree of Life
Ever since Malick returned to cinema with The Thin Red Line, I have been baffled by his films. I'm sure this isn't a unique reaction. I get the same feeling when I read T.S. Eliot. I get the feeling that the mysteries of the universe are hidden in there, but I'm only catching glimpses. Maybe this is how my students feel when I show them 2001 for the first time. I remember Bergman writing that cinema is closer to music than any of the other arts. This is especially true with Malick and in particular with The Tree of Life. What is the film trying to say? No idea. I doubt Malick even knows. But it's a breathtaking symphonic work.
Here's a question for you, Alek:
What's Sean Penn's character doing here? Alls I remember is him kind of brooding in his office building. Is it just showing his dissatisfaction with life despite having a seemingly envious high-power job?