Watch Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in the First Trailer for The Tree of Life

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After a 6-year hiatus following The New World, enigmatic director Terrence Malick is back in the director's chair for The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. Malick is known for his thought-provoking, heavily artistic films that only pop up about once a decade or so, sometimes longer. This new film looks to be just as meditative and esoteric as The Thin Red Line, his 1998 World War II epic.

Take a look at the trailer below and see the film's poster in our The Tree of Life pictures gallery! Hit the jump to read a full synopsis and catch the film in theaters on May 27, 2011.

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.

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