The Tree of Life

(Terrence Malick, 2011)

In a halcyon vision of suburban Texas in the 1950s, Terrence Malick explores his own childhood and the collective childhood of the American Boom through a fractured, spiritual lens. His vision is retrospective, impressionistic, and brimming with nostalgia; but it is also shot through with dread and yawning grief, as memory is filtered through loss, incomprehension and growing alienation. Childhood operates on several levels at once: personal, generational, and cosmic, as the origins of self and the origins of matter and all life are explored, in Whitmanesque style, as coterminous processes. Gender difference structures two ineluctable ‘phases’ of childhood: choric, dispersed and radiant; then violent, oedipal and processual. The whole is an ambivalent hymn to being, and being young in the world.

This film will be presented by Professor Julian Murphet and discussed by Professor George Kouvaros.

To watch the trailer for this film, click here.

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