Trailer and Poster for THE TREE OF LIFE Starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn

     December 15, 2010


The trailer for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life has gone online.  A bootleg version landed online earlier this month but the quality was pretty poor.  I caught the trailer when I went to see Black Swan again this past weekend.  It’s a wonderfully cut together trailer that highlights the gorgeous cinematography and emotional performances from stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain, while giving almost nothing away.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The Tree of Life opens May 27, 2011.

Click over to Apple to see the trailer in HD.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Tree of Life:

From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950′s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick’s signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.

Here’s the note Malick wrote for AFM that describes the film (warning: it gets a little spoilery):

From the Desk of Terrence Malick….

We trace the evolution of an eleven-year-old boy in the Midwest, JACK, one of three brothers.  At first all seems marvelous to the child.  He sees as his mother does with the eyes of his soul.  She represents the way of love and mercy, where the father tries to teach his son the world’s way of putting oneself first.  Each parent contends for his allegiance, and Jack must reconcile their claims.  The picture darkens as he has his first glimpses of sickness, suffering and death.  The world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth.

From this story is that of adult Jack, a lost soul in a modern world, seeking to discover amid the changing scenes of time that which does not change: the eternal scheme of which we are a part.  When he sees all that has gone into our world’s preparation, each thing appears a miracle—precious, incomparable.  Jack, with his new understanding, is able to forgive his father and take his first steps on the path of life.

The story ends in hope, acknowledging the beauty and joy in all things, in the everyday and above all in the family—our first school—the only place that most of us learn the truth about the world and ourselves, or discover life’s single most important lesson, of unselfish love.

Finally, here’s the new poster:


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  • Jordan

    Obviously it looks very spiritual yet it seems like there will be a “battle” of sorts between faith and nature. And from what they synopsis reveals, it looks like faith comes out on top. Definitely looks like a propaganda film though.

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  • Excpired

    Jordan, I guess if propaganda is code for a movie with a point.

    This movie looks really good, can’t wait to see it.

  • Mr. X

    Looks very interesting. I think the LAST thing this is is a propaganda film. I highly doubt Sean Penn or Brad Pitt would be involved in such a thing being the supporters of free-thinking that they are.

  • Ben

    Wow, this looks excellent. Very excited.

  • trick

    My gosh, this looks amazing..

  • old soldier

    I hate to admit this, I’d rather see Transformers 3.

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  • Ian

    It looks like the movie industry has gone full circle..!

    The Australian film industry has been churning out these ‘spiritual journey’ (read: box-office flop) films featuring dying grandmothers, getting over abusive relationships, yada-yada for donkeys years, but has recently woken up to the fact that movie-goers want to go to a cinema to be ENTERTAINED, and is now addressing that.

    Seems like the US market is having a try at making box-office-bombs, except with bigger stars.

    • David

      Last I checked, Terrence Malick doesn’t really make films for the masses.

      And this film, by no means will be a big box office draw. But if you think box office is all that matters, then you’re missing why a lot of people actually got into the industry.

      I can’t imagine the budget for this film being high (Penn and Pitt would gladly take pay cuts to work with Malick.) So with potential awards to garner and faces to bank on, in your lowest common denominator scenario, it still may prove profitable.

    • purple_mouse

      How many films have to be made on a low budget that win the Oscars or the Golden Globes before people realize that the box office is not the only thing that matters to true cinema lovers?! Watch and you will see that the comedies that bring in the most money at the box office have some of the poorest ratings/reviews and don’t do so hot during award season!

      I think this movie has the potential to be great!

  • legend

    Looks interesting

  • Lob Taylor

    Looks more like somebody’s LSD trip

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  • John Hindes

    Yes, it is an LSD trip, and way overdue!

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