Spotlight Films screening 2011 Palme d’Or award winner

Spotlight Films screening 2011 Palme d’Or award winner

As Roger Ebert said, “Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life is a film of vast ambition and deep humility, attempting no less than to encompass all of existence and view it through the prism of a few infinitesimal lives.

“The only other film I’ve seen with this boldness of vision is Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and it lacked Malick’s fierce evocation of human feeling . . . ”

The Tree of Life is going to be shown by Spotlight Films  7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Gem Theatre.

Directed and written by Terence Malick (Badlands and the memorable Thin Red Line), this film stars Brad Pitt as the senior Mr. O’Brien and Sean Penn as the middle-aged Jack O’Brien.

The tale, opens in 1950’s Texas and is told from the perspective of Jack O’Brien, the eldest of three boys. It follows him from innocence to disillusioned adult, struggling with a complicated relationship with his father. The adult Jack finds himself seeking meaning in a world from which he feels disconnected. A lost soul, he struggles with the origins of life and the existence of faith. Also starring in this sweet 139-minute flick are Jessica Chastain (Howard) as Mrs. O’Brien (The Help, The Debt) and Hunter McCracken as the young Jack. Though artfully indirect with its point, all one needs to know about this film is in its opening quotes and narration – listen carefully.

The Tree of Life won this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival – the highest honour at the festival, the prize granted to the director of the best feature film.

Again, The Tree of Life will be shown at the Gem Theatre at 7:30 p.m on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

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