In honor of this film’s nomination for an Oscar, I am reposting this review which has been by far, the most read post of all. Enjoy!


I may be going out on a limb here, but this baroque harpsichord piece, Les Barricades Mistérieuses (which I recorded for the above sequence), and which features twice in Terrance Malick’s masterpiece, The Tree of Life, represents by its title, the heart of the film’s multi-layered message. The film, which is deeply personal and strives for universality, has struck a nerve or a chord, causing some people to walk out midway, dismiss it as corny or overreaching, and others, like myself, to see it several times and respond in writing to the richness of ideas, emotions, cinematography and scope.  This scope, which spans the birth of the universe with the big bang, the evolution of life on earth, the intimate vulnerabilities of a family in the 1950s through to a place of immortality, grace and forgiveness, gives us the eyes and ears of a mysterious creator observing the four…

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About naturestage

Miranda Loud is the Founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit NatureStage based in Waltham, MA, and is an interdisciplinary artist - classical singer/organist/filmmaker/photographer and environmentalist. She writes about the vital need for education to include a more heart-centered approach to studying other species that leads to a sense of stewardship. Naturestage creates works that foster empathy and kinship with other species, using the emotional power of storytelling in different art forms, mainly film, photography and music. She is also a public speaker on art and social change. Her current projects include The One Language Project, Park Dreams, The Elephant Project, and Elephantasia which all use different art forms to encourage a mind shift in how we relate to other species by asking "How would the world be different if we viewed other species as someones instead of somethings? If, instead of drawing lines, we drew circles?"
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