Terrence Malick’s THE TREE OF LIFE is Screened for the MPAA; Gets a PG-13 Rating

     July 6, 2010


Terrence Malick’s (The Thin Red Line) upcoming film The Tree of Life has just received its rating from the MPAA. Via Rope of Silicon, the film will be PG-13 for “some thematic material.” While knowing the film’s rating is nice (if you’re into that sort of thing), the real pull here is that someone has actually seen the long delayed film. In fact, when you consider that no official images and/or trailers have been released for it to date, the rating itself takes on a whole new life of its own as hope that it may actually get released around the time of its latest purported release date, November 2010.

In case you need a refresher for the film, hit the jump to read what we know about it thus far and to check out an official synopsis.

Shot in Texas in the spring of 2008, The Tree of Life was previously scheduled for a Christmas 2009 release when it was delayed so as to allow for fine-tuning (extra-fine, in this case) in post-production. As for its cast, we know the film stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I), Jackson Hurst (Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva), and Jessica Chastain (recently cast in The Help). Finally, we also know that the film may include some pretty extravagant effects (dinosaurs perhaps?) courtesy of special effects guru Mike Fink, via Empire.

Here’s to hoping we find out much more in the near future, in the meantime, check out the official synopsis below:

Our picture is a cosmic epic, a hymn to life.

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’s 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.

Framing 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’s preparation, each thing appears a miracle — precious, 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 — our first school — the only place that most of us learn the truth about the world and ourselves, or discover life’s single most important lesson, of unselfish love.

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