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Human relationships are deeply complex and profoundly complicated.
Relationships can ascend to the heights of luminous beauty and captivating purity. They can approach innocence and sheer goodness. But, they can also descend into the darkest, most painful terrain of violence and tragedy, where we find ourselves locked into separate worlds unable to cross the barrier of our loneliness.
But, most of all, human relationships that survive the years, travel through the interminable, sometimes tiring, often tedious terrain of routine. They are rooted in the ordinariness of the earth; they are built in the mundane world of household appliances and the necessary chores of a shared life.
In his most recent film, “To The Wonder” Terrence Malick explores the uneasy changeable reality through which relationships inevitably pass.
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It is a curious exercise especially for a self-professed “fan”. So you have to admire David Braga’s attempt to rate Terrence Malick’s films from “Worst To Best.”
I do not know if we will ever get to see it on the big screen here in the little hamlet of Victoria on the west coast of North America but today is the release date of Terrence Malick’s new film “To The Wonder”.
Here are three more markers along the way that helped guide me to that place where faith seemed a viable worldview for me to adopt.
I can only imagine that a flattering movie review from writer and spiritual entrepreneur Deepak Chopra comes as manna from heaven for a major contender in the competition for the Oscars. But, I hope Terrence Malick does not read Chopra’s recent take on his film “The Tree of Life”.
So, the conversation continues.
Jason Moorehead at Filmwell expresses beautifully one of the things that makes The Tree of Life such a powerful film for me:
Although I am on holiday for another week, I have still found a little time to think and read about Terrence Malick’s film The Tree of Life. Increasingly, it seems to me that the people who have the most valuable insights to share about the film are those who comment from a faith perspective.
I am pretty sure I have said enough about Terrence Malick’s film “The Tree of Life” on this blog.
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