Producers of The Tree Of Life are reporting on behalf of the press-shy Terrence Malick that his next film will be more difficult to watch than his current. And not just because it has Ben Affleck in it. The untitled film (sometimes referred to as The Burial) starring Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, and Jessica Chastain is said to be a lot more free-form and experimental than his previous works.
However, “experimental” is a pretty vague descriptor. How experimental did it get? Will the film feature Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz throwing oatmeal at one another’s asses? (Please say yes.) Doubtful. What it is likely to show is Ben Affleck staring out over a wheat field for an entire soundless, 11-minute shot. Then again, he has a knack for weaving large, existential questions into his narratives and Tree Of Life does feature dinosaurs so maybe Malick will surprise with something totally out of left field. I’m picturing a mopey downer of a film when suddenly – surprise! – ninjas. (24 Frames)