The most highly anticipated film to be presented at the Cannes Film Festival for years received mix reviews despite the Hollywood line up on the red carpet.
“The Tree of Life” by director Terrence Malick was cheered and booed in equal measure by critics.
But its stars, including Brad Pitt were unanimously appreciated.
AS was the appearance of Pitt’s wife, Angelina Jolie whose directorial debut film about Bosnia has just been given a release date in the US.
“The Tree of Life” meanwhile is a film officially described as “an impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in 1950s USA”.
The French film “House of Tolerance” has also divided the critics. It is a gritty story about life in a Parisian brothel in the 1900s. But director Bertrand Bonello’s use of anachronistic soul tracks comparing the work with black slavery did not go down well with everyone.