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Jessica Chastain on Malick and Seeing The Tree of Life: “You Can’t Help But Be Changed”

Jessica Chastain on Malick and Seeing The Tree of Life: "You Can't Help But Be Changed"

We recently featured Jessica Chastain as one of our Four Rising Stars of 2011, and the world will soon discover why. The premiere of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (May 16 at Cannes) will kick off a series of high profile projects, from Al Pacino’s Wilde Salome (premiering at the Venice Film Festival this September) to this summer’s The Help (August 12). The Independent spoke with the actress about working with Malick (she’s a big fan) and the effect of his long-awaited film: “I think you see [The Tree of Life] and you can’t help but be changed, and you can’t help but think about your life and your relationship with your family, and nature, and some kind of spiritual being – it’s really special.”

Chastain on how Malick creates memory on film:

“The beautiful thing about Terry is that he captures memory in a way that I’ve never seen before, like if you want to show a life and something happening, generally you’ll see a flashback and it’s a scene. With Terrence, instead of a scene it’ll be an image, the perfect image, it’s captured in a way where he makes the perfect film. It’s hard to explain, but in The Tree of Life he has created a lifetime, this journey without big long scenes. I’m a big Terrence Malick fan.”

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