The Tree of Life (2011)
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Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed."
To be honest I don't think it's fair to immediately whip out labels like these for films that experiment. If we immediately reject stuff like this as an audience (aka the people’s whose money essentially funds this), then where is film as an art-form supposed to go? I’m not saying The Tree of Life has changed movies forever but you can’t blame it for trying something different.
@aniforprez: At one point in your cinematic journey, you will likely come to realize that each and everyone one of us, the people of the world, critics, peers, mere film lovers, ANYONE is different. The mere fact that you would only recommend this to "pretentious film buffs" tells me you are not yet ready to understand my previous statement.
The fact that you didn't like this film does not make you stupid. I understand many people who watch this film and don't like it, immediately will want to justify to themselves and others, that they are not stupid, and therefore labels The Tree of Life as "pretentious" and "boring". "Pretentious" of course being used as a word to describe actions or images that seemingly have no meaning and will not have any meaning upon further examination. What does this mean? Well, it doesn't mean anything. The word is useless.
But my point is: You are not stupid for not understanding, or not liking this film. We all experience joy from different things. Most film viewers attribute arbitrary values to signify the level of importance of any given film. I myself gave The Tree of Life 10/10 and proclaimed it was the greatest film I ever saw. Why did I do that? Well, what the hell do you care... Watching a film is a personal and individual experience. Don't think that it is anything but that.
Stunning visuals and poetic movie that evokes many emotions but also frustrating at times and clearly not for everyone. Sean Penn is wasted. Kid actors are terrific.
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This movie ranks #6 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #7 in BBC's 100 greatest films of the 21st Century
This movie ranks #84 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
This movie ranks #86 in Cahiers du cinéma - Yearly top 10s
This movie ranks #99 in 366 Weird Movies (Certified Weird)
This movie ranks #109 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #218 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #347 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #496 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #1135 in The Criterion Collection