Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life' Will Bloom At Cannes

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Wait a minute... you mean "The Tree of Life" might actually be... finished?

Hey, we're not criticizing Terrence Malick for his notoriously meticulous methods. The man certainly isn't prolific (there was a 20-year gap between 1978's "Days of Heaven" and 1998's "The Thin Red Line," during which Malick probably did little but stare at trees and brooks), and he's certainly never in a hurry. We appreciate the fact that he takes his time with his work.

Except... well, enough is enough with this one. We want to see it already! The long, hard wait for "The Tree of Life" is bringing back bad memories of waiting for "Eyes Wide Shut," which was finally released in the summer of 1999 after Stanley Kubrick first started working on it in, oh, 1967 or something.

So the time has come, finally, to see Malick's latest tone poem set to impossibly gorgeous imagery and hypnotic voice-over. Except that the French (and their guests) will be able to see it before us, according to Variety.

"The Tree of Life" will make its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this May, where people who get to go to Cannes will get to see it. No word yet on whether it will screen in or out of competition, or if it's being programmed to be the perfect antidote to whatever madness Lars Von Trier will be unveiling with "Melancholia."

Luckily, "The Tree of Life" will be making its U.S. debut only a few weeks later on May 26. What a perfect way to ease into what's sure to be a groovy summer.