Wearing all white, down to his sneakers, Brad Pitt was joined by his The Tree of Life co-star Jessica Chastain at the photocall for the film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival held at Palais des Festivals on today in Cannes, France.
The film has been highly anticipated due to the fact that this is only director Terrance Malick‘s fifth film in forty years. In The Tree of Life, his first film since 1998′s star-studded The Thin Red Line, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Chastain star in the story of a man whose parents’ polar-opposite personalities and techniques lead to a confused and troubled adulthood.
So far the reviews have been polarizing, and the audience reaction to the film at Cannes ranged from boos to applause.
Variety: Few American filmmakers are as alive to the splendor of the natural world as Terrence Malick, but even by his standards, The Tree of Life represents something extraordinary. The iconoclastic director’s long-awaited fifth feature is in many ways his simplest yet most challenging work, a transfixing odyssey through time and memory that melds a young boy’s 1950s upbringing with a magisterial rumination on the Earth’s origins.
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Entertainment Weekly: It can be daunting to describe Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, but scattered audience members at its first screening in Cannes needed only one syllable: boo. The many supporters of the movie pushed back with counter-applause, but it was a shocking way for the movie to debut. The Tree of Life is an elegiac litany of images and memory-like scenes more than a traditional narrative,. In brief, it’s the origin of time and infinity through the lens of one troubled, 1950s-era Texas family. It stars Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, though they share copious screen time with evolving galaxies, nebulae, and surreal, symbolic representations of the world beyond.
The Hollywood Reporter: Brandishing an ambition it’s likely no film, including this one, could entirely fulfill, The Tree of Life is nonetheless a singular work, an impressionistic metaphysical inquiry into mankind’s place in the grand scheme of things that releases waves of insights amidst its narrative imprecisions. … Critical passions, pro and con, along with Brad Pitt in one of his finest performances, will stir specialized audiences to attention…