The Tree of Life

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“The nuns showed us there were two ways through life – the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow. Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it. And love is smiling through all things. Grace doesn’t try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries.”

-Mrs. O’Brien (Jessica Chastain), The Tree of Life

Tree of Life

Probably my favorite film of all time is Terence Malick’s 2011 drama, The Tree of Life. It is a beautifully shot film – at times seeming like something straight out of Planet Earth – that has great performances from Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt, and the young Hunter McCracken. But what really touched me about…

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