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The Tree of Life

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Original title
The Tree of Life
Running time
133 min.
United States United States
Terrence Malick
Alexandre Desplat
Emmanuel Lubezki
Fox Searchlight, River Road Entertainment, Plan B Entertainment, Brace Cove Productions
Drama | Family Relationships. Childhood. 1950s
The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (Hunter McCracken, played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick's signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.
2011: Academy Awards: Nominated for Best Film, Director & Cinematography
2011: Cannes Film Festival: Palm d'Or (Best Film)
2011: New York Film Critics Circle: Actor (Pitt), Supp. Actress (Chastain) & Cinematogr.
2011: NBR (National Board of Review): Top Ten Films of the Year
2011: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Director, Supp. Actress & Cinematography
2011: Chicago Film Critics: Best Film, Director, Supp. Actress (Chastain) & Cinemat.
2011: Satellite Awards: Best Original Screenplay, Supp. Actress (Chastain). 4 nom.
2011: Gotham Awards: Best Film (ex-aequo)
2011: Online Film Critics Society: 5 awards, including Best Film
2011: Critics Choice Awards: Best Cinematography (ex-aequo). 5 nominations
2011: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2011: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Film, Director, Supp. Actress & Cinematography
2011: San Francisco Film Critics Circle: Best Film, Director & Cinematography
2011: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Cinematography
2011: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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