The Tree of Life: a Film Provoking Deep Thought

For the last project we will see “The Tree of Life”, a philosophical film which make you think about metaphysical issues like the existence of God, the duality of man, and the real meaning of life.

Read the following review written by Wajahat Ali, so you can understand the film much better.


Final Project: In a Google docs presentation find out the following information about the film. Create a slide for every question, including a title and images taken from the film. Choose ONLY five of the following questions:

  1. What is the meaning of the shot of the light at the beginning and end of the film?
  2. Describe the characters played by Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain.
  3. Choose a character in the film and write a diary entry for one day in your life.
  4. What do you know about the director of the film Terrence Malick?
  5. Why do you think the theory of evolution is included in the film? What is it the answer to?
  6. Describe the main settings where the characters appear in the film: the urban jungle of imposing skyscrapers, the empty rocky terrain and the beach. Explain their metaphorical meaning.
  7. Which are your favourite quotes? Include the names of the characters.
  8. Which are your favourite metaphors in the film? Explain their meaning.
  9. What part of the film did you like best and worst?
  10. What is your opinion about the different aspects of the film: director, soundtrack, images, actors …?

Watch the trailer! Here is the official trailer of the film with Spanish subtitles:

Listen to the soundtrack! Finally, here is the official soundtrack preview. Pay attention to the titles of the tracks. They are related to the main themes of the film.

Send a comment! Send the link to your Google docs presentation via a comment to this post with your name and short comment about the film.

I hope you enjoyed the film! 


9 thoughts on “The Tree of Life: a Film Provoking Deep Thought

  1. Eduardo Zafra says:

    The Tree of Life is a film that ignores the narrative. Terrence Malick gets focused in emotions, and transmitting them to the viewer, which he accomplishes to a very large extent. Also, he doesn’t just represents the brothers’ childhood in a great way, but the movie contains a lot of philosphical questions that make us think about things like the duality of man (body and nature against soul and grace), why we have created such an unnatural world, in which we have accepted to live, or the existance of God.

  2. Julia Nieto Zalba says:

    The Tree of Life is a film that tries too hard to be different and unique, and, in my opinion, it does not succeed. Sure, it’s different from the films we are used to see when we go to the cinema but there are an infinite number of obscure “artsy” and “deep” films. The thing is no one sees them because they can only be either a masterpiece or absolute incomprehensible rubbish, and most of them are rubbish. The Tree of Life is one of the bad ones. I won’t say the worst, but it was by no means good.

    The thing that I hate the most about this movie is the false dichotomy it creates about Nature and Grace. There are absolutely not only two options, because nothing is so black and white, especially when we’re talking about morality. Also, nature is represented as bad, and that’s just absurd. Nature is not bad or good, it simply is. Morality is a human thing. So why doesn’t Mallick call it Good and Evil? He talks about how beautiful birds and trees are, but then he rejects nature.

    It doesn’t make any sense.

    I’m sorry this got so long. As you can see, I have a lot of opinions about this film. Here’s my presentation:

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