Filmmaker Terrence Malick’s latest, “The Tree of Life,” has been alternately described as a “tone poem” delving into issues about faith, family and forgiveness and a “coming of age story about the universe,” so it’s understandable that Monday’s Cannes press event got a little heavy.
The movie tells the story of a Midwestern family in the 1950s, with Brad Pitt playing the authoritative father raising three kids along with his wife, played by Jessica Chastain.
Although Pitt, a father of six, joked that his parenting style isn’t quite the same as the character he plays in Malick’s film, the story does raise a lot of the same questions about spirituality he had as a child.
“Many people find religion to be very inspiring,” he told reporters. “Myself, I found it very stifling.”