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Terrence Malick's Tree of Life Rated PG-13, But is It Finished?

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July 7, 2010
Source: RopeofSilicon

Terrence Malick's Tree of Life

Although we still haven't seen a single new photo (besides the one above, on the right side) or poster or any imagery even remotely related to Terrence Malick's new film The Tree of Life, and although it didn't show up in Cannes this year, there's still a chance we may see the film by the end of the year. RopeofSilicon (via SlashFilm) reports that the MPAA has seen The Tree of Life and given it a PG-13 rating "for some thematic material." That honestly seems pretty tame for a film we thought would be much more epic, or at least more like Malick's violent and R-rated The Thin Red Line. Besides that rating, there still isn't a release date yet.

In fact, Apparition, the indie distributor (founded just last year) that is still set to release Tree of Life, has recently fallen apart, with resigning CEOs and layoffs, so we have no clue if they will even be releasing any films the rest of this year. We last reported back in March that Tree of Life would hit theaters in November, but that's all we've heard since then, without any actual confirmation. I think everyone is just anxious to see the new Terrence Malick film, which was shot in Texas back in early 2008. Our best bet is that it may show up at the Venice or Toronto Film Festivals in September, and if that's the case we'll certainly let you know.

We're doing our best to keep you updated on release plans for The Tree of Life, but this is one of those films that not many people know about yet. If you're unfamiliar with it, I suggest reading any of our past articles on Tree of Life to get a better sense of what it's about and why there's so much anticipation for the new film.

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  • Marty
    oh, dear. Enough with the "R-rating equals epic and awesome" comments. It's so silly. "The Tree of Life" doesn't sound like its narrative requires some in-your-face explicit material. It's not a war film. The nature of its intensity is going to be emotional / psychological. Christopher Nolan has proven again you don't need to resort to some cheap blood-letting and nudity to engage and stun mature audiences (I've yet to read a review of "Inception" which criticises the film's rating and the director's artistically reductive restraint in the gore department). Terrence Malick knows what he needs to show to achieve his artistic goals. I can't wait to get a glimpse of the master's potential magnum opus. Trailer, please...
  • chris
    yeah. there's no way a movie could be PG-13 and "epic".
  • Daniel Felts
    Yea this looks good. I'm okay with the PG-13 rating.
  • Alex Robino
    Yeah, I'm completely with the people above. Mallick could do a G rating and I wouldn't worry.
  • chris
    Days of Heaven and Badlands were both rated PG. I think we will be alright.
  • LinkfX
    Badlands should've been rated R that movie was really violent. That's besides the point though it's not like they told him to cut it to pg13 or something. Nobody tells Terrence Malick to do jack, he's the master at what he does and I think everyone acknowledges that.

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