Looking at Malick’s “The Tree of Life”

"The Tree of Life" is set to show as the second film in the Film Kicks movie series.

As November rolls in Kicking Horse Culture is preparing to show the second film in the Film Kicks series. Being shown on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Golden Cinema The Tree of Life looks into the heart of a 1950s Midwestern family.

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 (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.

The film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and was written and directed by the Oscar nominated Terrence Malick.

Malick is known for his spectacular use of imagery in his films which gives viewers the chance to see the brutal side of nature while also peering into spiritual wonder which helps to shape the world we live in.

This is true in The Tree of Life. In this film Malick once again brings those people sitting in the theatre into a world where they may see things they recognize while at the same time images flow into the essential beginnings of the universe. Life is found somewhere in this mysterious light where the film takes the viewers.

In previous films Malick has challenged crime dramas (Badlands), the Second World War (The Thin Red Line) and challenging the slave trade (Amazing Grace).

Added to the directorial style of Malick are the amazing performances of Pitt, Penn and a cast who bring the story to life.

Please remember to bring cash if possible to make life easier for our host Stuart at the cinema.

The cost per ticket is $10 for Kicking Horse Culture members, $12 for non-members and $5 for students.