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The tree of life - Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Terrence Malick

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Movie propaganda

We trace the evolution of an eleven-year-old boy in the Midwest, Jack, one of three brothers. At first all seems marvellous 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.

Framing 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.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film coming-of-age drama child parents upbringing raise growing up

Persons of interest

  • Brad Pitt .... Mr O'Brien
  • Sean Penn .... Adult Jack
  • Jackson Hurst .... Uncle Ray
  • Fiona Shaw .... Grandmother
  • Joanna Going .... Jack's Wife
  • Jessica Chastain .... Mrs O'Brien
  • Crystal Mantecon .... Elisa
  • Tamara Jolaine .... Mrs Stone
  • Tom Townsend .... Randy
  • Michael Showers .... Mr Brown
  • Will Wallace .... Will
  • Kimberly Whalen .... Mrs Brown
  • Zach Irsik .... Jack's Son
  • Erinn Allison .... Mrs Bates
  • Brayden Whisenhunt .... Jo Bates
  • Cole Cockburn .... Harry Bates
  • Chris Orf .... Mr Bates
  • Jodie Moore .... Mr Walsh
  • Robin Read .... Mrs Walsh
  • Anne Nabors .... Rue
  • Margaret Hoard .... Jane
  • Terrence Malick .... Screenwriter
  • Terrence Malick .... Director

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Theatrical report

The coming-of-age movie The tree of life is directed by Terrence Malick and stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain.

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Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 7 July 2011

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