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After the death of her father, an 8-year-old girl becomes convinced that he is whispering to her through the leaves of the gargantuan tree that towers over her house.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Byers ...
Gabriel Gotting ...
Penne Hackforth-Jones ...
Mrs Johnson
Gillian Jones ...
Zoe Boe ...
Megan Lu
Bob MacKay ...
Ryan Potter ...
Tree Lopper
Council Inspector
Taren Stewart ...
Lou's friend
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Lou's friend


The O'Neills lived happily in their house in the Australian countryside. That was until one day fate struck blindly, taking the life of Peter, the father, leaving his grief-stricken wife Dawn alone with their four children. Among them, eight-year-old Simone denies this reality. She is persuaded that her father still lives in the giant fig tree growing near their house and speaks to her through its leaves. But the tree becomes more and more invasive and threatens the house. It must be felled. Of course, Simone won't allow... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Life is a force of nature


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Release Date:

11 August 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Árvore  »

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Box Office


€7,740,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,983 (USA) (15 July 2011)


$69,236 (USA) (4 November 2011)

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Did You Know?


About two hundred little girls were auditioned for Simone's role and a thousand fig trees were visited before the perfect one was found. See more »


No competent tradesman in Australia would pull a tree branch out of a house in the manner shown. Sections inside the house would be trimmed with a chainsaw, before the main branch outside is removed. See more »


Tim O'Neil: Happy families are boring anyway.
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Crazy Credits

"No animals or trees were harmed while filming" See more »


Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2010 (2010) See more »


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Written by C. Dyers/ M. Dyers/ A. Mason
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slow, meandering, dreamy
22 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Peter O'Neil dies suddenly in front of his family. His wife Dawn (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is devastated and she's left with four kids to care for in the outbacks of Australia. The girl Simone starts talking to the giant tree next to their home. Its roots are getting into the pipe and a giant branch crashes into the home. She gets a job at the plumbing supply store and starts a relationship with owner George. Her neighbors want her to cut down the tree before the roots get into their pipes. Simone defends the tree against George claiming to hear her father.

This is a slower, meandering story like a tree slowly strangling the house. It has a dreamy feel. Some of it looks beautiful but some of it gently rocks the audience to sleep. It has some appeal but mostly, it's a low intensity tale. The neighbors could have given more tension. In the end, the storm is a convenient way to blow all the story branches away.

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