Tree of Life, the much-anticipated film from Terrence Malick starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, debuted at Cannes last week and was met with boos. Despite that disappointing start, however, the film showed those naysayers, and today ended up taking the festival's top honors for best film -- the Palme d’Or.
The film centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s, with Pitt playing the father. According to IMBD, the oldest of the sons (played as a grown man by Penn) "witnesses the loss of innocence." Critics have been split, deeming it everything from brilliant to pretentious and disappointing. But according to Cannes, it's the best of the best.
Check out the trailer and see what you think:
It looks intriguing to me based on that clip and the fact that it's coming from Malick alone. Also, while it's always great to see a so-there moment (take that booers), the booing and split opinions are probably some of the best publicity the film could get. Because if you're like me, you now want to go see what you think, right? It debuts in the United States May 27 so you won't have to wait long.
In other bad stories taking a turn for the better at Cannes, Kirsten Dunst won best actress for her role in Melancholia. She received the award despite controversial remarks made by the film's director, Lars von Trier, who called himself a Nazi and said he understood and sympathized with Hitler. The festival declared him a "persona non grata," and he wasn't there during the awards today. Dunst at least wasn't punished for his bad behavior.
"Wow, what a week it's been," she said upon receiving her award.
That about sums up this year's Cannes for sure.
Will you see Tree of Life? Do movies winning awards at Cannes make you want to see them more?
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