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'The Tree of Life': Video preview of Brad Pitt, Terrence Malick drama

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The Tree of Life
Legendary director Terrence Malick brings his Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner The Tree of Life to the UK this week. Years in the making, the acclaimed drama stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and newcomer Jessica Chastain in a universe-spanning tale of nature versus grace.

Get a flavour of The Tree of Life by watching our preview clips below:

You spoke to me
Scored to classical music, this montage shows Pitt and Chastain's Mr and Mrs O'Brien in their younger years as they're expecting the birth of their son. The sequence ties in to Malick's epic depiction of the creation of the universe.



Gone to the dogs
Sean Penn plays Jack, the O'Briens' son in later years. Jack finds himself adrift in the modern world, wrestling between the ideals of his father, who represents "nature", and the "grace" of his mother.



Lived it
"It takes fierce will to get ahead in this world," says Pitt's father Mr O'Brien. He tells his son of a failed dream to become a musician, and suggest that he doesn't want the same fate to befall Jack. Furthermore, there are hints of clashes with his wife, who he describes as "naive".



Hit me
Pushing his son further in this fourth clip, Mr O'Brien instills aggression in his boys. He challenges all three of them to hit him, but there's hints of compassion and love as he pulls Jack off the ground to dust him down after a tumble.



Help each other
The final clip shows the "grace" of the boys' mother (Chastain). Upon hearing that their father has gone on a business trip, some playful hijinks ensue with the mother almost becoming a sister-like figure.

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