It’s too bad Lars Von Trier stole the show at Cannes last week because the news would have otherwise been, well, the film that won the highest prize. That honor went to the reclusive American director Terrence Malick’s new film, "The Tree of Life," which stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and opens tomorrow.
The story is mainly rooted in the director’s own life–a Christian upbringing in Waco, Texas, during the 1950s–so there isn’t much Jewish there. But in spirit it very well may be. I haven’t seen it yet (that’ll be fixed very soon though), but what’s been causing all the attention is its grander religious dimensions.
The film ponders, A.O. Scott tells us, the Great Unknowables Things of Life: how did we get here? Why are we here? And it focuses quite a bit on the "elusive deity whose presence in the world is both the film’s overt subject and the source of its deepest, most anxious mysteries."
Sounds Jewish to me.