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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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)  »

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

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The film is set in Queensland, but when Tim receives his results there is talk of him going to Sydney. The majority of Queensland students would be looking at going to university in Brisbane or elsewhere in Queensland. 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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Written by Asaf Avidan
Performed by Asaf Avidan and the Mojos
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a moving and serene examination of grief, greatly acted
17 July 2011 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The universal theme of suffering after the abrupt death of a dear one, with the necessity for those who remain to go on with life, is here presented in a very serene way. No melodrama, no anxiety, no exaggeration in sensitivity, but solid realism, with a touch of the magic of this tree, heart of the family and of the movie. It's a movie which follows the pace and the inner development of the single characters, mainly of Dawn, the mother, and Simone, the daughter, both wonderfully interpreted by a high-talented Charlotte Gainsbourg, and by a surprisingly mature little girl. It's a movie about the need to go on, to accept the strokes of life with the force and dignity that, let me say it, sometimes only women have, with no sentimentalism, no pathetic indulgence, but with sober realism and a strong feeling for human courage. Another movie that unfortunately will not reach the great distribution, but we know that the phantasmagoric magic of Harry Potter attracts more public and brings more money than the humble magic of a fig tree. However, a truly valid picture.


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