Four clips from TREE OF LIFE hint at the film’s tone and style

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 26th, 2011

Coming out of Cannes this year, easily the most talked-about film was the one that had the most buzz heading into the festival, Terrence Malick’s TREE OF LIFE. Well, with the film set to bow this weekend in limited release, Fox Searchlight has released four new clips for the film (via Rope Of Silicon), all of which do one hell of a job hinting at the film's dark tone and experimental aesthetic.

As I mentioned in my review of the film, TREE OF LIFE feels slightly disjointed narratively given the stark difference between the opening and closing moments and the film’s middle, more structured narrative, but none of that is seen here. Instead, we get a really great look at the film’s tone, which is admittedly quite intimate. The narrative as a whole is a father-son relationship tale, but Malick is not afraid to make that much more experimental. Using longer takes, TREE OF LIFE is a visual wonder that will leave you thinking for days after it ends.

I’m particularly fond of the first clip, as I think it shows the film’s style and mood in its most distilled way. They are all great clips, however. Check them out after the break.

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