Cannes 2011, a Boring Pacifist Sermon, The Film by Malick
Cannes: The most anticipated, the most pretentious, the most booed (by the critics). It can be summed up as The Tree of Life, the film that marked the return of Terrence Malick’s four films in forty years of career assets.
The Tree of Life, depicts an American family of the fifties, the father, mother and three children, its growth, the emptiness, pain and recrimination that death, at age 19, the second, it brings to their everyday life, but it all fits into the wider discourse on the origins and meaning of life, the rhythm of nature, birth and death of things and people.
There is room for the big bang and the prehistoric world, marine biology of the Great Barrier Reef, the active volcanoes, icebergs adrift, the book of Job, the music of Brahms and special effects … The set is a sermon, a number of National Geographic shows, a glimpse of the Midwest and individualism made in the USA.
A bit too much, but too little, because the hard graft to take hold, the size reaches the visionary mannerism, the story itself (hard and unhappy father of its products to children that would impose their will, mother sweet and understanding, young rebels in search of the self) rather traditional.
Of course, Malick knows the job, and knows him well: the actors, Brad Pitt in the first place, respond beautifully, lighting costumes, camera angles are manual, the aesthetic sensibility that is proper to allow the pictorial effects of great beauty, there is a wise use of technology.
With the director no preview for the press, the lion has made the aforementioned Brad Pitt, who is not only a great actor, but an educated man, not trivial, even here in the guise of one of the producers the film.
It is not easy to define the tree of life. Summon the infinitely large, infinitely small, the human inclination toward self-destruction and the majesty of nature, and yet destroy the look, incessantly, to rebuild.
The fact is that, like many years ago said the same Malick in a rare interview granted, even when the film was to be called Q, (the Americans think they have the right to happiness if they are denied, live it as a deception or a guilt).
The figure of Mr. O’Brien, Pitt lends an imposing physique and a stern face,
accentuated by the military cut hair, the heavy vintage eyeglass frame, the constant use of the jacket … (I tried to make the idea of a father who loves his children, but I think it shows is an act of weakness. It is believed that a defeat by life and would like to see them succeed for him, so we train them to the hardness ).
Jack, the first-born rebel all my life brings with it the remorse for not having loved and mourned the death of that brother who died too soon, is, great, Sean Penn, in the film, however little this, a face marked The words kept to a minimum. The first version of The Tree of Life lasted more than three hours, and is likely to have it reduced to two hours and 18 after two years of editing, has cut much of its role.
Jessica Chastain is Mrs. O’Brien ,Malick and this is the first of eight films she turned to leave the cinema. Thirty, lends her character a quiet strength. (It is generous, capable of forgiving, confidence-inspiring, he loves his children. embodies the opposite of Brad, or grace from nature. I find that Malick has made a film that makes us think about life, about people who are). Only that there is a thin red line between reflection and arrogance, not keep it in mind, involves boredom.