First Clip from Terrence Malick’s THE TREE OF LIFE

     May 4, 2011

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Art house fans can officially prepare to swoon because the first clip from Terrence Malick’s highly anticipated and endlessly delayed The Tree Of Life has hit the internettoday. The film is set to premiere at this years Cannes Film Festival and open in the US a few short weeks later, but other than that precious little is known.

It’s a project that Malick has been nursing since the 70s and editing for almost two years now. All that’s been revealed about the plot is that the film will star Sean Penn as a man struggling to come to terms with the meaning of life and the complicated relationship he had with his father during a time of lost innocence he experienced in the 50s. Oh yeah, all this will supposedly be intertwined with scenes depicting the formation of the earth and the universe (including dinosaurs) that Malick has spent years designing with special effects guru Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner). The film stars Penn, Brad Pitt, and Jessica Chastain and will be released on May 27th. Hit the jump to see the clip.

We’ll post the embed of the clip here once it’s available. For now, head over to EW to check it out.

The clip is brief, but undeniably beautiful. A collection of floating steadicam shots interrupted by jump cuts depicts three brothers (one of them presumably the younger version of Penn’s character) playing and tormenting their mother with a lizard. It’s as lyrical and hypnotic as one would expect from the Badlands director, but also just as mysterious and enigmatic as any image, footage, or summary to be released about the film so far. Whether it will be a complicated masterpiece, a muddled attempt at greatness, or—more than likely—a combination of the two, will only be revealed once the movie hits screens. But on the plus side, it looks like Malick will finally be releasing the movie for sure….well, at least until he changes his mind again.

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