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At a recent screening of his movie Familiar Ground, director Stephane Lafleur took some time out to talk to the audience.
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The Tree of Life (2011)
We are introduced to the O’Brien family, man, wife and three young sons in 1950s Texas. Skip forward to the parents receiving communication one of their teenage son’s death before a funeral takes place. A further skip forward to another of the sons in modern America surrounded skyscrapers reflecting on his life past and present and his place in the universe. Visiting his thoughts we see impressionistic visions of the birth of the universe, the evolution of life and his own fragmented memories childhood. The boys learn two ways through life from their parents suggested by voice-overs pondering the meaning of life. The mother silently and endlessly nurtures them and the father adversely teaches them harsh life lessons and attempts to toughen them up through pugilism, punishment and discipline.