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244 Ratings

Voyage of Time: Life's Journey

Directed by Terrence Malick
United States, France, 2016
Documentary, Avant-Garde, Drama


An exploration into our planetary past and a search for humanity’s place in the future. With narration by Cate Blanchett.

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Voyage of Time: Life's Journey Directed by Terrence Malick

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2016 | Special Mention: Future Film Festival Digital Award

2016 | Winner: Green Drop Award



As artistic acts go, it’s colossally hubristic. The culmination of years of filming and decades of preparation, Voyage of Time attempts to cinematically represent no less than the history of existence. From the big bang to suburban sprawl, from the evolution of the species to the devolution of the recorded image, Malick’s first work of nonfiction doesn’t lack for ambition, pursuing perhaps the biggest and unruliest whale of all.
January 03, 2017
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Terrence Malick’s experimental natural science essay, Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, offers thorny yet challenging questions of religions galore in an ultra-condensed fashion. Call it Inside The Tree of Life. The film delivers some perspective on the human drama in all its divine vastness, ranging from sweeping shots of meadows to animated dinosaurs dying on a beach.
December 22, 2016
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It has some of the strangest juxtapositions he’s ever attempted, evidenced by a move from the high-def-rendered, meteoric demise of the dinosaurs to lo-fi digital of the Arab Spring. It also has more footage of fish and undersea life than it does the kinds of interstellar sequences that galvanized his monumental The Tree of Life, which helps make this feel less like a self-serious, definitive story of our origin and more an idiosyncratic curiosity keyed to Malick’s own mysterious interests.
November 21, 2016
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