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9,521 Ratings

The Tree of Life

Directed by Terrence Malick
United States, 2011
Fantasy, Drama


The life journey of the eldest son of a family in 1950s Texas, from his childhood innocence to his disillusioned adult years. In a quest for meaning he questions the origins of life and the existence of faith, as he deals with his bitter, often tyrannical father and his ethereal, nurturing mother.

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The Tree of Life Directed by Terrence Malick

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2011 | Winner: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

2012 | 3 nominations including: Best Achievement in Directing

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2011 | 2 wins including: FIPRESCI Film of the Year

Critics reviews

I remember the day I walked into the cinema, the anticipation I felt and the expectations we all held. They were met and almost instantly surpassed. The Tree of Life was, and still is, for me and for many others, one of the great, shattering events in the cinema. And seven years later, it has only become more powerful.
September 14, 2018
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The Tree of Life was a pivotal progression for the filmmaker; it marked the point where the basis for his language had been established and he was now able to add depth to it, to add additional meaning based on the unique codes he had already crafted.
March 03, 2016
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