“It should be interesting, really interesting,” says Brad Pitt of The Tree Of Life, before he revealed the film's basic plot. “It’s this little tiny story of a kid growing up in the ’50s with a mother who’s grace incarnate and a father who’s oppressive in nature.
“So he is negotiating his way through it, defining who he’s gonna be when he grows up. And that is juxtaposed with a little, tiny micro-story of the cosmos, from the beginning of the cosmos to the death of the cosmos. So that’s where the sci-fi or the sci-fact comes in.”
Filming on Malick’s fifth feature film took place mostly in Texas, with prehistoric scenes reportedly shot for a separate IMAX project that would depict the birth and death of the universe.
Meanwhile, the titular tree (apparently not a nod to Yggdrasil, the ‘tree of life’ in Norse mythology, but a more poetic allusion to the links we share in our lives) was a 65,000 pound live oak tree that was transplanted to Smithsville for the film...