This is certainly not an easy film to watch, but if you're at ease with the prior two movies in this trilogy (Tree of Life and To The Wonder), then the style and composition of this work will prove familiar and yet unsettling. Moving from the canvas of nature in the prior tales, via the wilderness at the beginning of this piece, Malik unfolds a story of being lost amidst a world of desire and transitory gratification through a man, who due to his past, knows that there is a deeper need to quell.
Set amidst the fleeting social world of Hollywood, the disquieting nature of the piece derives from its candid, constant movement through the peripheral nature of what passes as 'connection' - in both relational and spiritual terms - whilst seeking to jar these throughout with shards of something more transcendent in nature breaking upon the thoughts and the through the memories of the central character.
I found the work's approach both disturbing and inspiring - in spite of all the inner numbing our world provides, a higher reality still calls to the appetite for eternity in our hearts, and this trilogy shows how so often beauty and true affection can provoke us towards satisfying the deepest thirst.
Malik has only been a recent discovery for me, but if you enjoy his work, this is certainly worth a watch, and deeper consideration.
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|Format||NTSC, Widescreen, Full Screen|
|Contributor||Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Terrence Malick|
|Runtime||1 hour and 57 minutes|
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.52 x 13.72 x 19.3 cm; 68.04 Grams
- Item Model Number : 35383187
- Director : Terrence Malick
- Media Format : NTSC, Widescreen, Full Screen
- Run time : 1 hour and 57 minutes
- Release date : 21 June 2016
- Actors : Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman
- Studio : Broad Green
- ASIN : B01DCL2P3S
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 73,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- 56,344 in Movies (Movies & TV)
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I watched this film a while ago and still don't know what to make of it. He's a unique film maker who I have recently discovered and I will be watching his other films.
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