TRAILER: The Tree of Life (2011)


This past week the trailer for The Tree of Life was released to the public. I don’t know about you but I am waiting with baited breath to see Terrence Malick‘s new film, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. The film is set to be released on May 27th by Fox Searchlight and is production designed by the incomparable Jack Fisk who follows Terrence Malick to every project. Minimal and raw, Jack Fisk is in a league of his own working with a director who cares intensely about his projects. What more could we ask for? Great acting and a great story perhaps? Based on the synopsis and trailer below I’d bet my first born child we’re going to get everything we want from this film and more. Maybe even the meaning of life? One can only hope.

Left: First picture from the film | Right: Exterior of the family’s home

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.

Source: American Film Market 2010 Booklet

The Official Trailer

Are you excited yet?

Rose Lagacé | @artdepartmental

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Rose Lagacé is a production designer for film & television by day and an emerging filmmaker by night. Rose is also the creator and editor of Art Departmental where she celebrates the art and craft of production design.

  1. Wow- thank you for sharing this trailer. I didn’t even know about this movie and I enjoyed the trailer, although I think it’s going to be a deep and probably sad life story. Will be on the lookout for it!


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