unless you love…

…your life will flash by. This is just one of the many haunting statements carefully littered throughout Terrence Malick’s latest offering,  The Tree of Life. At one point the protagonist, Jack O’Brien says, “Father, Mother. Always you wrestle inside me. Always you will.” These words would fit well in my mouth and as I start to reflect on the many themes that this film explores I am first and foremost struck by its nuanced depiction of how fathers, mothers, siblings inevitably write chapters in our book of life.

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