With the impending premier of the film at the Cannes Film Festival, Fox Searchlight have released this batch of new images from Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree Of Life’ – by a stretch my most anticipated film of 2011. Malick’s films are continuously deeply philosophical and rich. Since his debut film ‘Badlands’ in 1973, Malick has only made three other films, ‘Days Of Heaven,’ ‘The Thin Red Line’ and ‘The New World.’ From what I’ve seen so far I’m supremely confident his fifth will be as amazing, if not more so. The film is set for release May 27th in the US, the UK release date is currently up in the air due to legal wranglings between Icon and Summit Entertainment.

From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick’s signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life. The Tree Of Life is set for release May 27th, 2011.