Alex Ross on the music of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.
In other words, Malick’s classical selections span the entire spectrum of human emotion, from the darkest regions to the most luminous. The film traverses the same range. Anyone who goes into the theater expecting a blissful meditation on nature and the universe will be in for a shock: there are intimations of terrible violence here, and the underlying sadness is almost unbearable, particularly when you begin to guess how much of the story is based on real life.
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