In the Tree of Life, Sean Penn is a grown man looking back at his life and what he remembers about his life that chases him. At an early age he discovers his fathers’ projections and learns about an “adulterized” part of the world he was foreign to as a young kid. As a sensitive child he quickly adopts those patterns that his father has and spends some of his young life exploring this dark acquisition and then most of his life getting back to that place of innocence his brothers were able to stay at despite having lived in the same home and having gone through many of the same experiences. The thing about life is that you never know where it will lead you, but as is portrayed in the movie, there is a road back to that special place where the tyrant king is dethroned and love reigns. The move could just as well have been named The Kingdom as the epic images of creation take us through Genesis and takes us through a fractalized voyage of his life that we may peer into his thoughts and gain further insight into how he got to this point in his life. I won’t spoil it by telling you the end, but I will tell you that this movie does not follow a traditional plot narrative and is over two hours long. Be ready for something out of the ordinary and allow yourself to peer into someone else’s life that you may learn about your own and find the roots of the causes that shape our perfectly imperfect world and what it is we have to work on to get back to that state we lost somewhere along this journey.
Aptly named The Tree of Life, its Kabbalistic methods, including the stellar visuals talk about how to find this method of getting back to that divine state. There are many traditions all throughout the world that work with The Tree of Life and help us gain insight on the deeper mysteries and meanings of our own understanding. We simply have to be willing to put in the time and reflection to gain a clearer message as to how this can be achieved. At the end, love must conquer all.
May we all find our perfect state of Divinity