6.8/10
668
14 user 7 critic

How Harry Became a Tree (2001)

R | | Drama | 1 March 2002 (Italy)
Trailer
1:46 | Trailer
This drama is set in rural Ireland. Believing that "a man is measured by his enemies", Harry Maloney ('Colm Meany') sets out to ruin George O'Flaherty - the most powerful man in town, who ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews
5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sunburn (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A group of Irish college students are about to leave for the United States, where they've landed summer jobs on Long Island, New York. Working hard in the day and playing even harder at ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Hume
Stars: Paloma Baeza, Cillian Murphy, Barry Ward
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A film noir buff has his life turned on end by a femme fatale with a big adventure in mind.

Director: Paul Soter
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Lucy Liu, Jason Sudeikis
Disco Pigs (2001)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A twisted rite of passage.

Director: Kirsten Sheridan
Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Cillian Murphy, Sarah Gallagher
Intermission (2003)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A variety of losers in Dublin have harrowingly farcical intersecting stories of love, greed and violence.

Director: John Crowley
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Kelly Macdonald, Colin Farrell
On the Edge (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.

Director: John Carney
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Tricia Vessey, Martin Carney
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Sweety Barret is a big man with a gentle nature, who is not exactly known for his brain power. He loses his job with a travelling circus and is stranded in an Irish village, where he gets caught up in a local vendetta.

Director: Stephen Bradley
Stars: Brendan O'Carroll, Brendan Gleeson, Tony Rohr
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A gangster named Perrier looks to exact his revenge on a trio of fugitives responsible for the accidental death of one of his cronies.

Director: Ian Fitzgibbon
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Michael McElhatton
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the 1970s, a young trans woman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving her Irish town for London, in part to look for her mother and in part because her gender identity is beyond the town's understanding.

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Morgan Jones, Eva Birthistle
Eviction (1999)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Set in 19th Century Ireland, the 'Molly Maguires' take revenge on an old man who has been telling tales to the Landlord.

Director: Tom Waller
Stars: Rupert Vansittart, Denys Hawthorne, Maria Lennon
Broken IV (2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack.

Director: Rufus Norris
Stars: Charlie Booty, Lily James, Tim Roth
The Trench (1999)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A story about a group of soldiers' last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War 1 and taking you into the minds of the soldiers.

Director: William Boyd
Stars: Paul Nicholls, Daniel Craig, Julian Rhind-Tutt
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A simple story of an ex-convict who comes home after 10 years, only to find two squatters in the form of a woman and her autistic daughter. Though Lazar initially plans to kick out Jasna ... See full summary »

Director: Goran Paskaljevic
Stars: Lazar Ristovski, Jasna Zalica, Jovana Mitic
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Harry
...
George
...
Gus
...
Eileen
...
Father O'Connor
Gail Fitzpatrick ...
Margaret
Maighréad Ní Chonghaile ...
Maeve
Catriona Canavan ...
Irish Wake singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Musician
Jenny Ní Chléirigh ...
Girl 2 Playing with Music Box (as Jenny Ní Chleirigh)
Natalie Ní Chléirigh ...
Girl 1 Playing with Music Box (as Natalie Ní Chleirigh)
Edit

Storyline

This drama is set in rural Ireland. Believing that "a man is measured by his enemies", Harry Maloney ('Colm Meany') sets out to ruin George O'Flaherty - the most powerful man in town, who not only owns the local pub and most of the businesses in the area, but is also the local matchmaker. When Harry's son Gus(Cillian Murphy) - upon whom Harry regularly heaps abuse (mostly mental and verbal) - falls for the lovely Eileen, George helps get the two together during this time, Harry quietly mobilizes his dastardly plans. Written by Horselove

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| | |

Language:

Release Date:

1 March 2002 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Bitter Harvest  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[lactating her large right breast into a cup]
Margaret: I'm not carrying any more of this milk around than I have to.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Buried Jewel
26 October 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

As an American, it took me a bit to get used to the language of rural Ireland in the 1920's, but this film draws you into a world that seems not at all foreign after a while. Unlike the relentlessly depressing "The Field", this is a drama of real tragedies - the small, silly tragedies that we create and that are created for us- and also, of real hope. The original Irish title of this film "How Harry Became a Tree" is so much more fitting than the US "Bitter Harvest" (what were they thinking?), though fortunately the brilliant allegory of the tree is not lost with the title change. Performances are universally outstanding and poignant, the photography beautiful, the music haunting. See this film and see how the Irish continue to astonish with their mastery of language and vision.


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
end seraphimmichael16
Who can remember the Jesus-blind man joke in this film? andras_pal
Yayness! DizzyGutterflower
Please Help! himynameiskai
Does anyone have this? h-nyina
DVD available as 'Bitter Harvest' Contentcoordinator
Discuss How Harry Became a Tree (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?