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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

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When:

  • Thu 11 Aug ’11, 8:15pm
  • Sun 14 Aug ’11, 3:15pm
  • Tue 16 Aug ’11, 3:30pm

Where:

Hoyts Northlands, Northlands Shopping Centre, Main North Rd, Papanui, Christchurch

Restrictions:

All Ages

Festivals: Cannes (In Competition) 2011

Palme d’Or (Best Film), Cannes Film Festival 2011

Where do you begin to describe the wonders of Terrence Malick’s audacious and mind-boggling The Tree of Life, winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival? Referencing his own '50s boyhood, he draws a picture of family life as archetypal as a child’s questions about God, and connects it all to rapturous visions of the origins of the universe and the end of time. We proudly present the New Zealand premiere screenings on New Zealand's giant screens - so vast a picture cries out to fill. — BG

“The sheer beauty of this film is almost overwhelming, but as with other works of religiously minded art, its aesthetic glories are tethered to a humble and exalted purpose, which is to shine the light of the sacred on secular reality… This specific postwar coming of- age story, quietly astute in its assessment of the psychological dynamics of a nuclear family in the American South at the dawn of the space age, is also an ode to childhood perception and an account of the precipitous fall into knowledge that foretells childhood’s end…

So much is conveyed – about the tension and tenderness within the marriage, about the frustrations that dent their happiness, about the volatility of the bonds between siblings – but without any of the usual architecture of dramatic exposition. One shot flows into another, whispered voice-over displaces dialogue, and an almost perfect domestic narrative takes shape, anchored in three extraordinarily graceful performances: Mr Pitt, Ms Chastain and, above all, Hunter McCracken, a first-timer who brings us inside young Jack’s restless, itching skin.” — A.O. Scott, NY Times

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