Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life," which opens here June 10, is dividing viewers at the Cannes Film Festival, where it screened Monday. The festival audience greeted the closing credits with a mix of cheers and boos, and the reclusive Malick ducked the post-screening Q&A, leaving star Brad Pitt to answer questions.
Malick's been assembling footage for the movie for more than 30 years -- it's an image-intensive, often dialogue-free meditation on God, man, and nature, told through the eyes of two American families.
There were ten standing ovations, on the other hand, for Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist," a black-and-white silent movie sent in 1920s Hollywood, where a silent-era star (Jean Dujardin) is losing his career to the talkies. No word yet of a US Distributor, but you can bet it will find one.