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Terrence Malick United States, 2005

Zac Weber's rating of the film The New World

Malick's fascination with nature has never more perfectly complimented the storyline of his film. I was particularly struck by Smith's rebirth in nature as he avoids the noose, and the juxtaposition between the lush "naturals" community and the bleak English settlement. The shot of Pocahontas looking at the caged, dejected raccoon in England was subtle but very powerful. Perhaps a tad bit too long.