Terrence Malick‘s 2011 magnus opus The Tree Of Life will forever hold a high place in the pantheon of cinema’s greatest achievements, a truth not gone unnoticed by The New Yorker‘s resident film critic, Richard Brody. In Brody’s video essay above, he peels back the layers of The Tree Of Life for a terrific analysis of the film’s meanings, importance, and mastery. Brody writes: “It’s a personal film that tells stories about Malick’s own life, but it also delves into the very origin of Malick’s imagination. It plays like a cinematic self-psychoanalysis. The main precedent is Jean-Luc Godard’s series Histoire(s) du Cinéma, which proved similarly liberating for Godard.” You can also watch the trailer below, as well as a tribute to the film’s genius cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman, Gravity, Y Tu Mama Tambien).