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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 O'Neil
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Simone O'Neil
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George Elrick
Christian Byers ...
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Gabriel Gotting ...
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Peter O'Neil
Penne Hackforth-Jones ...
Mrs. Johnson
Gillian Jones ...
Vonnie
Zoe Boe ...
Megan Lu
Bob MacKay ...
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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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11 August 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

€7,740,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$69,236 (USA) (4 November 2011)
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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 »

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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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To Build a Home
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2 female leads - one brilliant, one - not....
7 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well. I had read reviews of this, and was looking forward to something good. What we got was - well - mediocre, really.

Charlotte Gainsbourg has been playing fragile, tense characters for a while, now. Don't get me wrong, she's good at it, but in this film she seems to have been either left without constraints to overact at will, or, worse still, TOLD to act like a gibbering, self centred wreck. (And, yes, I KNOW bereavement is tough, is excruciating, but she just gives up, then goes out to attach herself to another man).

On the other hand, Morgana Davies is just amazing. The most natural, real child actress I've seen in years, since Catinca Untaru in The Fall (2006). Just stunningly, amazingly well done.

OK, the film is about bereavement, and loss, and as a principle, and as a core and theme, this is certainly carried through, but on the one hand badly, and on the other brilliantly.

As to the other characters? Pretty well all of them two dimensional.

And, hey, if you can move houses like that, why not move the damn house a few metres down the hill and be done with it?

Morgana Davies. One to watch. Definitely.


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