[UPDATE: We’ve learned from Alex Billington at Coming Soon that the poster everyone grabbed yesterday for Tree of Life is not the official distribution poster from Fox Searchlight. The design we saw yesterday was created as an international sales tool. It’s legit as a professional marketing device, but we wanted to make clear that it’s not the official US poster or teaser.]
Thanks to Kevin K. & Sƒìbasti√°n for spotting the poster and synopsis for Tree of Life at Collider.
From the Desk of Terrence Malick‚Ä¶.
We trace the evolution of an eleven-year-old boy in the Midwest, JACK, one of three brothers. At first all seems marvelous to the child. He sees as his mother does with the eyes of his soul. She represents the way of love and mercy, where the father tries to teach his son the world‚Äôs way of putting oneself first. Each parent contends for his allegiance, and Jack must reconcile their claims. The picture darkens as he has his first glimpses of sickness, suffering and death. The world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth.
From this story is that of adult Jack, a lost soul in a modern world, seeking to discover amid the changing scenes of time that which does not change: the eternal scheme of which we are a part. When he sees all that has gone into our world‚Äôs preparation, each thing appears a miracle‚Äîprecious, incomparable. Jack, with his new understanding, is able to forgive his father and take his first steps on the path of life.
The story ends in hope, acknowledging the beauty and joy in all things, in the everyday and above all in the family‚Äîour first school‚Äîthe only place that most of us learn the truth about the world and ourselves, or discover life‚Äôs single most important lesson, of unselfish love.