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THE TREE OF LIFE – Palme d’Or winner at 2011 Cannes Film Festival

The one word that came to my mind when I heard this news was ironic.  Today, the jury at the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival awarded the highly coveted Palme d’Or prize to Terrence Malick for his long-awaited film The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain.  Previous winners of this prize include Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, and Pulp Fiction.  I say the win for Tree is ironic because when the film was shown at the festival last Monday, it had a very split reaction, with half of the audience applauding and half of them booing.  It seems that the jury was among the group who received the film well.

While I haven’t seen the film yet, I personally think it looks terrific.  The trailer is one of the most head-scratching, yet well-crafted trailers I’ve seen in a long time.  It has a very poetic vibe to it, which makes it look all the more profound.

The film is said to have a 20-minute sequence of pure special effects, which could be reminiscent of the silent, but powerful opening 25 minutes to 2001: A Space Odyssey, or 2001’s psychedelic mind trip of a finale.  Then again, it could fall under the negative spectrum of being overly pretentious.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and judge for ourselves.

Share your thoughts in the comments!  The film opens this Friday in limited release.

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