Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

The Tree of Life booed (and applauded) at Cannes

The Tree of Life has finally arrived. It’s a beautiful, hugely flawed thing: mad, extravagant, pretentious, ponderous. Allow me to reserve full analysis of the picture for the review in tomorrow’s paper. Two things are worth reporting. Firstly, despite appearing …

Mon, May 16, 2011, 12:03

   

The Tree of Life has finally arrived. It’s a beautiful, hugely flawed thing: mad, extravagant, pretentious, ponderous. Allow me to reserve full analysis of the picture for the review in tomorrow’s paper. Two things are worth reporting. Firstly, despite appearing on all the photocopied sheets lurking about the press area, Terrence Malick, the hugely reclusive director, did not turn up to the press conference after all. (Thomas Pynchon wasn’t there either.) Secondly, the film was booed more vigorously than any film I have seen in my year and a half covering this festival. Mr Malick can take some consolation from the fact that supporters responded with vigorous applause. At least people care about the thing.