By Edward Davis | The Playlist May 12, 2011 at 9:54AM
"TREE OF LIFE!" "TREE OF LIFE!" USA! USA! "TREE OF LIFE!"
We imagine these are the sort of desperate chants going on outside the Croisette right now by a few film bloggers in Cannes; perhaps the Film Stage and or the 2008 version of The Playlist (Kevin Jagernauth, I'm looking at you), somehow hoping the film will screen early or perhaps wishing that a super-secret special early screening will take place and they will somehow magically get invited (not a chance, but dare to dream five more days, boys!) "The Tree of Life" screens in France (and New York and L.A., so much for a special premiere) on Monday.
So anywhoo, to this clip. It's like, "Oh, dad, I don't wanna fight! Why ya gotta be such an asshole?" So as Brad Pitt promised back in the day, his father character in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" is kind of a macho asshole and that's pretty much full on display in this new clip from the film below. If you've been following along closely all these years, you basically know that "The Tree of Life" is Terrence Malick's no-so-thinly-veiled autobiographical look at his family, and his dad being a full-on jerk is the reason he's so damn sensitive and attuned to nature n' shit. Or something like that anyhow. So basically, Sean Penn plays Malick years later, all grief-stricken and angsty because he can't come to terms with his loathing and love for his now-deceased father (or something like that). So stricken with resent, and complicated feelings of anger, loathing, loss, love and stuff, Sean Penn's character wanders the earth, goes into deserts, and then runs into dinosaurs. Uhh, I think.
"The Tree Of Life" hits theaters proper on May 27th (in ahem, limited release only). Brad Pitt picking on his kid below.