Life drags on un­til Cannes

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

The re­lease pat­tern for Ter­rence Mal­ick’s The Tree of Life, a long-ges­tated epic fea­tur­ing Sean Penn and Brad Pitt, con­tin­ues to spread con­fu­sion.

The pic­ture was ex­pected to open late last year, but, fol­low­ing end­less post­pone­ments, it was en­tered in competition at next month’s Cannes Film Fes­ti­val.

Then, to the ap­par­ent baf­fle­ment of US distrib­u­tors, who had been plan­ning to un­leash the film pub­licly in late May, Icon Films, han­dlers of the pic­ture in Bri­tain, an­nounced that The Tree of Life would open in the UK and Ire­land next Wed­nes­day.

It never seemed sen­si­ble to un­veil the thing ahead of Cannes and, sure enough, it now seems (we say “seems”) as if it will not open here be­fore the Côte d’Azur jam­boree af­ter all.

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