Son? Reach me my lighter.
Mother: Mr. Reese liked Jack’s book report —
Father: What is that, sweetheart?
Mother: –and wanted him to make a model.
Father (Dramatic orchestra music): You know this? Brahms.
Father: Reach me my lighter.
Haven’t you forgotten somethin’?
Do you love your father?
Jack: Yes, sir.
Mother (Voiceover): Love everyone. Every leaf. Every ray of light.
R.L.: Where’s Dad?
Mother: He’s gone on a trip.
(Footsteps Running) (Boys Laugh)
R.L.: Whoo! Whoo!
Mother (being chased with lizard): No!
Boys: Open the door!
Mother (Voiceover): Help each other.
Jack: Do not slam that screen door!
Mother (Voiceover): Love everyone.
Every ray of light.
Mr. O’Brien: You act like you’re in trouble. You don’t wanna fight. Nah. You don’t want any trouble. The minute you see him blink, crack him, okay?
Mr. O’Brien (To Jack):
You act like you’re in trouble. You don’t wanna fight. Nah. You don’t want any trouble. The minute you see him blink, crack him, okay?
Okay. Okay? Come on. Three-quarters. Cover. You’re going to cover, right? Okay. Hit it. Come on.
Nice. Nice. Harder. Nice. That’s a good right. Let’s see your left.
That’s the most important thing, okay? You come in this way?
You come in this way. You keep the guard up. Hit me! Come on, hit me.
Come on! Come on, Jack! Hit me. Hit me. Hit me. Come on. Come on.
Here. Here it is. Here it is. Hit it. Come on, Son! Come on! Son.
Left. What are you doing?
Dust yourself off.
Mr. O’Brien (To R.L.): Left. Don’t leave your tongue out. You’re gonna lose it.
Left. Left. Right. Right.
Left. Harder. Harder. Harder! Come on, hit me. Hit me.
Come on, Son. Hit it. Give me something. Show me what you got.
Come on. Go on.
Final Scene – The Tree of Life (2011)
Mr. O’Brien: They gave me a choice. No job … or a transfer to a job nobody wants.
Mr. O’Brien: I never missed a day of work.
Mr. O’Brien: I tithed every Sunday.
Jack: Always you wrestle inside me. Always you will.
Mr. O’Brien: You know, Jack, all I ever wanted for you was to make you strong and grow up and be your own boss. Maybe I’ve been tough on you. I’m not proud of that.
Jack: I’m as bad as you are. I’m more like you than her.
Mr. O’Brien: You boys are about all I’ve done in life. Otherwise I’ve drawn zilch. You’re all I have. You’re all I want to have. My sweet boy.
On this day, May 16, 2011 – The Tree of Life Premiered at The Cannes Film Festival in France.
Read some of the initial reviews of Terrence Malick’s masterpiece.
“Put your finger over it.”
“What I want to do, I can’t do.”
“I do what I hate.”
– Jack O’Brien
“For the next half hour, will you not not speak unless you have something important to say?”
“What’d you do today my fine feathered friend?”
“Sit on the front inches of your chair. It’s better for your posture. I read that in the paper.”
“Did you actually buy this from Mr. Ledbetter? Don’t explain, just nod yes or no…hmm?”
“You turned my own kids against me. You undermine everything I do.”
– Mr. O’Brien