For almost every viewer, the Tree of Life is a baffling movie. On a first viewing, it’s hard to tell who the characters are, what’s happening, and what the movie is about.

This video will help you understand some basics about the movie. It discusses what the movie is — not a normal narrative-driven movie, but a piece of poetry or wisdom literature. It discusses how Malick’s movie is related to the Book of Job in the Bible, and Saint Augustine’s Confessions.

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