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To my understanding, this scene is a comment on the opening line and one of the central themes of the film: A man's heart has heard two ways through life: The way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you'll follow. Grace doesn't try to please itself. It accepts being slighted...forgotten...disliked... It accepts insults ...


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The truth is that the most startling thing about the brother's death is the complete lack of exposition of its circumstances. Nobody follows up, asks or even hints at what might have caused it. I think this is a nice move for Malick to pull because it gives the story an almost biblical sense. As a predominantly spiritual work, dwelling on details like how ...


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The meaning, as far as I can tell, is that we are connected to our family even in death or at the end of the world. We have to take a leap, perhaps through "the doorway," to get over our doubts about the afterlife. The doorway is the transition from earthly skepticism of the permanence of the soul to an end where we are all -- consciously or unconsciously -- ...


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The quote from the Book of Job is, as you have perhaps identified, a central motif of the film: namely, ruminating on the nature and intentions of 'God'. In the Book of Job, God's great plan is questioned, to which God replies: Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted ...


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It makes the most sense, if one assumes suicide. That better explains why the eldest son blames the father; in other words, formative moments in the middle son's life, and a lack of affection from the father towards his sons, are suggested as being contributors to the death... The following, lifted from thepointmag.com, is poignant and insightful: We ...


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My interpretation is that we have to take into consideration the other symbols that the director had been placing before us throughout the movie: the forces of such grand scale that dwarf our lives and our attempts to make sense of them. The beach is the connection between the water, the earth, and the heavens, and what we're seeing is a visual ...


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I know that you are not supposed to interpret a director's work as their autobiography, but if you read a little about Terrence Malick I think it becomes clear that he has included many elements of his own life. His brother was a creative, sensitive guitar player who committed suicide at about 19 or 20. The movie often shows a young boy with significant ...


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In the early days of the Vietnam War death notifications became so commonplace, and the military so unprepared for the great numbers of death notices that they were delivered by telegram. The practice was later changed and representatives of the deceased military service would personally deliver the death notification. The telegram delivery is a pivotal ...



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