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The Tree of Life (film)

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Film information
NameThe Tree of Life
Directed byTerrence Malick
Produced byDede Gardner
Sarah Green
Grant Hill
Brad Pitt
Bill Pohlad
Written byTerrence Malick
StarringBrad Pitt
Sean Penn
Jessica Chastain
Music byAlexandre Desplat
CinematographyEmmanuel Lubezki
Editing byHank Corwin
Jay Rabinowitz
Daniel Rezende
Billy Weber
Mark Yoshikawa
StudioPlan B Entertainment
River Road Entertainment
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures (US)
EuropaCorp (France)
Release date 
Running time138 minutes
Budget$32 million
Gross revenue$39,323,437

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'The Tree of Life' is a 2011 American drama with surrealist and experimental elements written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain. Malick's film chronicles the origins and meaning of life by way of a middle-aged man's childhood memories of his family living in 1950s Texas, interspersed with imagery of the origins of the universe and the inception of life on Earth. After decades in development and missed 2009 and 2010 release dates, the film premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d'Or. The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews for its technical and artistic merits, but there were also polarizing reactions in response to Malick's directorial style and, in particular, the film's fragmented and non-linear narrative.

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