Terrence Malick’s long-awaited cosmic family drama “The Tree of Life” had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday morning, engendering lofty conversations about faith and the impermanence of life from star Brad Pitt.

“I grew up with Christianity,” said Pitt, who grew up in the Midwest in a family of Southern Baptists. “Some things worked for me and some things didn’t.”

In the film, Pitt stars as a strict father, raising three boys in Waco, TX in the 1950s. The impressionist film interweaves the story of the family’s growth and personal tragedies with surreal cosmic interludes, complete with extended sequences charting the universe’s creation and the earliest forms of life on earth, from jellyfish to dinosaurs.

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