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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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Dawn
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Simone
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George
Christian Byers ...
Tim
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Lou
Gabriel Gotting ...
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Peter
Penne Hackforth-Jones ...
Mrs Johnson
Gillian Jones ...
Vonnie
Zoe Boe ...
Megan Lu
Bob MacKay ...
Ab
Ryan Potter ...
Tree Lopper
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Council Inspector
Taren Stewart ...
Lou's friend
Robert Joseph Stewart ...
Lou's friend
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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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Drama | Romance

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11 August 2010 (France)  »

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Budget:

€7,740,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Final cinema film of actress Penne Hackforth-Jones. See more »

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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 »

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Tim O'Neil: Happy families are boring anyway.
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"No animals or trees were harmed while filming" See more »

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

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Flying Foxes
Written by C. Dyers/ M. Dyers/ A. Mason
Performed by The Slippers
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Good movies don't make much noise
2 July 2011 | by (Colombo -Sri Lanka) – See all my reviews

Story of the 'The Tree' takes place in the country side of Australia. It's plot around Dawn O'Neil who is a mother of 4 children struggling to recover with the unexpected loss of her husband. When the father die the happiness of the family seems to ran far away and Dawn for months tries to understand the reality and put everything back together for her kids. But the youngest 8 year old daughter Simone fails to adapt to the situation and starts to believe that her father speaks to her via the big old tree in their garden. And when this tree becomes too unstable and threatens the house and the family Dawn has to decide if to chop the tree down amidst her daughter's objection.

The Tree has a good flow. It's filled with little events which defines the O'Neil family and how they try to cope up with the loss of their father and the protection and income. Alongside the main attention is given towards the giant tree which holds a significant value in the family and its history. Soon the viewer starts to feel like the tree is actually a family member which keeps the family in bound to each other. And it does it for good reasons.

Dawn's character is a strong one. And Charlotte Gainsbourge portrays it quite skillfully. And the performance by the little Morgana Davies who plays the sweet yet stubborn Simone does a wonderful job as well. Overall the acting in the movies is quite raw and closer to reality. Thus brings viewer in to more realism with the whole situation.

The Tree most of the time is a quite movie. With little score and few lines in between it will put the viewer in to the middle of a lonely place. But don't let that loneliness to gulp you down. Because good movies don't make much noise.

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