The Tree of Life is a 2011 American experimental coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick. Its main cast includes Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Jessica Chastain, and Tye Sheridan in his debut feature film role. The film chronicles the origins and meaning of life by way of a man's early life memories of his family living in 1950s Texas, interspersed with imagery of the origins of the known universe and the inception of life on Earth.
Around the 1960s, Mrs. and Mr. O'Brien are informed of the death of their 19-year-old son, R.L., throwing the family into turmoil. In 2010, eldest son Jack is adrift in his modern life as a Texan architect, disillusioned by his life full of disappointments. Amid all this, voiceovers from Mrs. O'Brien ask God why R.L. had to die. Then, visuals depict the birth of the universe, followed by the creation of Earth and the beginning of life. At one point, a dinosaur chooses not to kill another dinosaur that is injured and lying on the side of a river bed. Finally, an asteroid strikes the Earth.
Jack's perceptions of the world begin to change after one of his friends, Taylor, drowns. He questions how God could allow such things to happen, and that if God is malicious, he can be too. He becomes angry at his father's continuous hypocrisies and misdeeds, lashing out at his mother for tolerating him. When Mr. O'Brien goes on a business trip, the boys enjoy unfettered access to their mother, and Jack experiences the first twinges of rebelliousness. Peer-pressured, Jack commits vandalism and animal abuse. When trespassing into his crush's house, he steals her sheer nightgown; he then fearfully throws it into a river. Shortly after Mr. O'Brien returns, the plant that he works at closes; he is given the option of relocating to work in an inferior position within the firm or losing his job. As the family packs up to move to the new job, he laments his path of life, asking Jack to forgive his domineering behavior; Jack reflectively says he embodies nature.
As Jack leaves work, he rides the elevator up, envisioning following a young girl across rocky terrain. As he walks through a wooden door frame erected on the rocks, he sees a view of the far distant future in which the Sun expands into a red giant, engulfing Earth and then shrinking into a white dwarf. After emerging from rustic doors, Jack follows the girl, then a young version of himself, across surreal landscapes. The dead return to life and gather at the seaside, where Jack is reunited with his family and all those who populate his memory. Jack meets his brothers and brings R.L. to his parents, who bids goodbye as he steps out of a home into a vast expanse. Accompanied by two girls in white, Mrs. O'Brien gracefully whispers, \"I give him to you. I give you my son.\"
In the late 1970s, Terrence Malick was offered $1 million for his project after Days of Heaven. Malick had an idea for a film that would be \"a history of the cosmos up through the formation of the Earth and the beginnings of life.\" The film was known as Q and included elements not in The Tree of Life such as a section set in the Middle East during World War I, and an underwater minotaur dreaming about the evolution of the universe. One day, Malick \"just stopped\" working on the film.
Of course, genetic factors are only one side of the story when it comes to the longevity of your Lab. Just as important, if not more, is ensuring they live in a happy and healthy environment that is set up for a long life.
Summer my black lab my baby will be 18 this summer. She gets around a little slower, but continues to be so happy. She loves to eat what we eat and very little dog food. Never been sick her whole life. She has brought so much love to our family she is the same as my kid. We love her so!!!!!
I have 2 labs, both not neutered. Father and Son. Father is 14.5 and only issue so far, needs help to stand up, because of his hinds. But he walks, eats his LID grain free and apples, and looks at nice female doggies, all of which he celebrates equally, and the 8 yr old, who still looks and acts like 2! Declining 14.5 likes more of a laid back lifestyle now, while 8 yr old wants to fetch, run, and anything else you want to play or cuddle with him! :)
Our Ginger girl was born in the spring of 2000, making her about 20. I used to follow the book as far as flea treatments and shots, but found she would get sick; her knees would bother her and she would get worms. About 10 years ago, I decided to let nature be in charge. We have a large wooded yard for her to roam in. She has recently gone to soft foods as her teeth are worn down. But she also helps herself to our compost, (so does the wildlife in the area, really funny seeing a fawn with an orange stuck to her nose in the winter), as we garden and eat many veggies and fruits. She gets table scraps, including lamb and bison bones, but no processed food. Now, even though she is lumpy and bumpy, and near the end of her life, she still has a smile on her white face.
Our pure chocolate lab Katie is turning 15 in 6 weeks. She walks every day, although the walks are getting shorter. We do not feed her table food. Just dry food and have added some canned food for dinner. I was looking through the comments and was so surpsied to see the long life many of these labs have lived!!! We are hoping Katie feels heathy and well enough to make it many more years!!
He was lean by nature (rare for a lab I know) and stayed at 65-70 lbs his whole life until this last month. I think lean living extends life. We also fed grain free and rarely gave more than green beans or peas as treats. He exercised daily and had almost no heath problems, except major anxiety with thunder storms and heart failure at 15 1/2. We did give him rimadyl and tramadol for the last few years along with his heart meds. He was not fixed bc he was always lean and mild mannered. We also were careful with flea and tick meds and vaccinations as he aged bc they seemed to cause him to lose his appetite and have other neurologic issues.
I have a female black lab mix crossed with an English Mastiff. She looks more like a lab. Currently, she is over 15 years old. She has several issues though like being deaf, cataracts, arthritis, trouble walking or backing up. Quality of life really goes down with age. She just eats and sleeps all day. If she stopped walking or something, I would put her down. A few years ago, she went about a week not being able to walk, but she pulled out of it.
Our chocolate lab will be 14 in Feb! She had parvo at 5 weeks and almost died. She had a mammary cancer at 8 when I changed her to raw good only. The cancer went away! She still runs(occasionally) and goes up the stairs, but she get excited for food every day! Her eyesight and hearing are not what they use to be. But she enjoys the grandchildren just as much as she did the children!
Thank you for this extremely informative article. We just laid our Field (American) chocolate lab, Madeline, to rest this week. She was 15 years and 5 days. She passed two day after Christmas, and we are sure that was her gift to us. She gave us so much light for so many years, even having a clubbed foot. I truly believe the key with her was her diet. We fed her quality food, and also gave her fish oil every day off her life. She got veggies as snakes, and LOVED carrots, green beans, and lettuce. She also was a thief of the cuccumbers we grew in the garded. She was a companion dog and slept with us, but we also took her camping, and literally had an inground pool put in so she could swim. She was a force of nature with us, and we will miss her.
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