"Exactly, it's the mystery," says Nino Quincampoix. "You won't find it here!" replies the sex shop proprietress.
Avoiding the inevitable, I found myself re-watching "Amelie" this morning, right after my last post on "The Tree of Life." The above quote describes "The Tree of Life" perfectly.
This is the problem with Malick's film - there is no mystery. He presents the world literally, expecting us to be awed by it.
"Amelie" presents a world of awe - mythically - and we ARE awed by it. Somehow, the theme of both films is the same.
One is presented literally, one mythically. Just re-watch "Amelie."