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THE TREE OF LIFE (2011)

THE TREE OF LIFE <span>(2011)</span> artwork

THE TREE OF LIFE (2011)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 139

Release dates 31/10/2011, 08/07/2011

BBFCInsight Contains potentially dangerous behaviour

Genre(s) Performance, Drama

Director(s) Terrence Malick

Cast includes Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Tye Sheridan, Jackson Hurst, Fiona Shaw

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 28/06/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE TREE OF LIFE is a drama in which a middle-aged architect reflects on his childhood years in Waco, Texas, as well as on his difficult relationship with his loving but domineering and volatile father. The film was classified '12' for scenes of potentially dangerous behaviour.

The BBFC's Guidelines at 'PG' state there may be 'No detail of potentially dangerous behaviour which young children are likely to copy'. In one scene, two young brothers play a game involving trust. The older brother, Jack, holds out a wooden table lamp from which the shade and bulb have been removed. The nervous younger brother, Steve, holds a double length of wire that appears to have been formed from a metal coat-hanger. He tentatively touches the wire against the electrical contacts at the top of the lamp. When nothing happens, he licks his finger and touches the contacts himself. Again, nothing happens and it is clear that the current has been switched off. A relieved Steve then tells his brother that he trusts him. This scene, with its potential for serious harm if copied, was judged to be more appropriately classified at '12' where the Guidelines state 'Dangerous behaviour [...] should not dwell on detail which could be copied, or appear pain or harm free'. The sequence does not suggest electricity is harmless and it will be obvious to those over 12 that this is a ill-advised game about trust, in which there is no specific intention to harm the younger brother, rather than a suggestion that such activities would be fun or sensible, were the current to be turned on. However, younger children may not understand this and may copy the sequence, meaning that it would be unsuitable at 'PG' or below. A similar game takes place a little latter in the film. On this occasion Steve trustingly places his finger over the barrel of an air rifle. On this occasion, however, his trust has been misplaced and after his brother pulls the trigger Steve howls in pain and runs off. That said, when the boy's hand is seen a little later there is no discernible injury detail. In a further scene, the two brothers and some of their friends mess about with a firework, setting off a banger next to a hen's egg. The same gang of boys also attach a frog to a model of a rocket and appear to launch the amphibian into the air. A live frog is clearly seen at the beginning of the scene but there is no evidence that a real animal was actually launched into the air and therefore no evidence of animal cruelty.

The film also features some scenes of bereavement and mild emotional intensity and a single use of the term 'nuts'.

Parents can find additional information about the content of this film if they visit www.pbbfc.co.uk.

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Details

Title
THE TREE OF LIFE
Also known as
TREE OF LIFE - DOMESTIC TRAILER B,TRAILER C,TREE OF LIFE - AUDIO DESCRIPTION
Year
2011
Formats
DVD, Cinema
Distributor(s)
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.,20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Classified date(s)
20/09/2011
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZF280473

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