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The Tree of Life

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

The Tree Of Life

The Tree Of Life

The Tree of Life is an enthralling arts film which held me captive from the first whispers through the 2 hours and 20 minutes of playing time.   It drew my husband in to come and sit and watch it even though he missed the first 30 minutes.

I heard about The Tree of Life months ago on Sam Juliano’s Monday Morning Diary on Wonders in the Dark and I was so drawn to his descriptions that I wanted to see it.  It was playing in the big City at an art’s theater but not anywhere close.   I attempted to get the local cinema to run it and had 35 folks call the theatre to ask for a showing.

It came out on DVD about Thanksgiving time in the USA, and I put in an order with my mailbox delivery group.    I was not disappointed when it arrived and I was very happy to have been able to watch it a number of times.   I think it would be spectacular on the big screen – although if you sat next to a noisy eater one would miss much of the opening of the movie – one’s own chewing would interfere with the whispers of sound that are so dramatic and enhancing.

The photography is amazing from all the flow of water to the birds in flight, and the videos of nature play out in lovely fashion as the movie captures a young boy’s life and energies.

There were several moments when I remembered  2001 a Space Odyssey.

If we humans are 98% energy in the form of water, then the metaphors and symbolism in this movie are not only dramatically beautiful but they emphasize the connections of all of life.  One wonders how the author and director could have put so much creativity and honesty into a depiction of life – how could all that flow from one person?   Outstanding movie, this THE TREE OF LIFE.

Netflix says about this film:

The Tree of LIFE.  Brad Pitt and Sean Penn star in Terrence Malick’s 1950s adventure about a confused man named Jack, who sets off on a journey to understand the true nature of the world.  Growing up in the Midwest with two brothers, Jack has always been torn between his mother’s guidance to approach everything he encounters with an open heart and his father’s advice to look after his own interests.  Now, Jack must find a way to regain purpose and perspective.

I understand that this film has been nominated for a number of awards already.  I joyfully give it a 5 ladybug rating and hope all of you will make the opportunity to see this film.  It is rated PG-13.  I have added it to my book group’s list for the spring discussion and will recommend it to my own family. This student of life and philosophy thoroughly enjoyed this movie.


Do you have a movie to recommend for an award?  Do you often watch arts movies?  Are you drawn to creative expression?

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Creation – A Movie Review

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Sometimes when you need it most the right teacher just comes along.  Creation was one of those teachers and an outstanding movie.   I can highly recommend it and one might wish to set aside two times to watch it and realize the depth from the story.

The movie is a biographical drama about the life of Charles Darwin for the year before he wrote his book the Origins of the Species.  The movie is a 2009 BBC production and has all the grace, charm, and skill they are known for putting into period pieces of work. The cast is excellent and one sees the wife, the scientist and the clergy and not Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bethany, and Jeremy Northam, although their names are what drew me to choosing to watch this piece.

The family is struggling with the death of their beloved 9 year old daughter.  This event is the catalyst for Darwin and his wife to see clearly their differences in belief systems.   They are deeply in love, but Darwin’s work in evolution and science has allowed for the release of his belief in the church’s doctrine, whereas the opposite has occurred for his wife, who has become more deeply religious and fears that her husband’s new beliefs will not allow them to be together forever and ever, including the afterlife.  She knows that she will be reunited with her child in that blessed state; she is comforted by her beliefs.

The scientific community is pushing Darwin to publish his work and take the Church to task, which will allow their studies, work and efforts to move forward and progress the thinking of the nation.  Darwin is made physically ill by his mourning, his releasing the belief, his love for his wife and his drive to reveal his knowledge to others and create understanding.  He is in a painful neutral zone of change.

He stops trying to understand it and focuses totally on healing his physical self.  He is able to hear what he needs to hear, and he opens himself to understanding FAITH rather than just believing.  He recovers and he and his family are able to communicate and find their connections; opening to the love they have for each other.

We are witness to a dramatic change process as found within an individual who changed the world’s beliefs in a dramatic way.  I found this profound and enlightening.

I have been struggling with making change in my life, and it has meant the loss of many of my belief systems and finding new behaviors and expressions.   Susan of Today’s Path emailed me about Gregg Braden’s book  The Spontaneous Healing of Belief and I have read this book several times.

Two things began to stand out for me from this book and they are:  How can we be instantly healed? And secondly, why do so many people wish to avoid the struggle and effort that may be involved in the neutral zone of change, when it is only through this effort that we can progress into our greater self?

This movie helped me to understand that a belief can be healed in a second – how one proceeds with living after that healing is whether or not the change will have a lasting effect or be hidden away or even masked by physical symptoms and distress.

Braden, also a scientist, reminds repeatedly that we are hardwired to seek comfort and that a situation usually has to become extremely painful for any lasting change to take place.  We like to stick with what we know and not take on others problems or challenges.

Change does not happen without discomfort.

Darwin did write his book and I read it in college and found new things to believe in from the reading.  Now I read Braden’s book and am finding new things to believe in from studying it.  The movie opened the door of my understanding and it was beautiful story telling.

Inspiring! 5-Ladybugs

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