Remember those days when you were a kid (this is before video games or smart phones) when you could literally spend hours lost in your own head? You could play in the dirt or with blocks of wood, and lose yourself for hours, emerging for dinner covered in ink or paint? Meanwhile, the universe continued to spin chaotically around you, unaware of your existence.
Tree of Life captures this small life in a big universe concept in a way that creates a bittersweet nostalgia you can almost taste.
In case you doubted it, I’ve added the trailer below. You’ll see why Ebert says that this film explores ‘the span of lives’: “birth, childhood, the flush of triumph, the anger of belittlement, the poison of resentment, the warmth of forgiving. “