The Tree of Life is an amazing, frustrating film. I have probably never seen a movie shot so beautifully, with such breath-taking imagery, yet left the theatre feeling so bothered and confused. I remember seeing it with every intention of writing a review, but I just....couldn't. What's the movie about? It's about life. The universe. God. Family. Faith. Love. Loss. Reconciling your life and beliefs as a child with what your adult life has become. All of these things...combined with how this world came to be. To sum it up, The Tree of Life is about the meaning of life. It's about why we're all really here. And maybe that's why I had such a hard time wrapping my mind around it. Because at the end of the day, it brought about so many questions...fundamental, life-altering questions...that I quite simply cannot even begin to answer.
Having said all of this, I absolutely loved this movie. I loved how every scene was like a memory. I loved how the beauty of life was explored, again and again. I loved how perfectly Jessica Chastain played her role as mother to those three boys...and how she most resembled Mother Earth...mother to all of us.
So on this Favorite Scene Friday, I chose one of my favorite scenes that involves Jessica Chastain's madonna-like character. One of the things I took away from the movie is that we should all aspire to be just like her in the way we live. This clip is one of the opening scenes, and reveals her reflections on her life - her childhood, her love, her faith, and the beauty, or grace, with which she sees the world. Happy Friday, everyone.