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The Tree (2010)

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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.

Director:

Julie Bertuccelli

Writers:

Judy Pascoe (novel), Julie Bertuccelli | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Dawn
Morgana Davies ... Simone
Marton Csokas ... George
Christian Byers ... Tim
Tom Russell ... Lou
Gabriel Gotting Gabriel Gotting ... Charlie
Aden Young ... Peter
Penne Hackforth-Jones Penne Hackforth-Jones ... Mrs Johnson
Gillian Jones Gillian Jones ... Vonnie
Zoe Boe Zoe Boe ... Megan Lu
Bob MacKay Bob MacKay ... Ab
Ryan Potter Ryan Potter ... Tree Lopper
Murray Shoring Murray Shoring ... Council Inspector
Taren Stewart Taren Stewart ... Lou's friend
Robert Joseph Stewart Robert Joseph Stewart ... Lou's friend
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Life is a force of nature

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Australia | Germany | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Árvore See more »

Filming Locations:

Boonah, Queensland, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€7,740,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$993,338 (France), 15 August 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,983, 17 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$71,158, 17 November 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,378,574, 15 January 2012
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Julie Bertuccelli loved Judy Pascoe's book "Our Father Who Art in the Tree" but Australian producer Sue Taylor had already bought the rights to screen it. Julie Bertucelli and her producer Yael Fogiel decided to contact Sue Taylor and the three of them chose to make the film in partnership. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

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

Connections

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

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Sway (Quien Sera)
Written by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz (as P. Beltran Ruiz), Luis Demetrio (as L. Traconia Molina) and Norman Gimbel
Performed by Dean Martin
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What a movie
23 June 2011 | by Looongman19See all my reviews

Sometime i feel alone in this world...and when I saw that this movie only had 6.6, it really just proved it again.

Enough is enough, I had to find my old password in order to log in, and vote 10, and of course, to write this review.

This movie is a masterpiece. It has some of the most wonderful pictures, cuts and acting I've ever seen. The acting is so psychological correct, that you forget all about you are watching a movie. Instead you feel like a fly on the wall. The only place were i lost my focus to the movie, where when I think: Where did they find that girl? (Simone) I found out later that more than 200 girls were auditioned to find her. This does not necessarily mean she, Morgana Davies, is excellent, but...she just is. I will bet what i have in my pockets, that this girl just has started a carrier, like Nathalie Portman did in Leon, this is her phantom star. Surely a great carrier is waiting.

But, let us not loose our focus from the movie. If you are a deep person, who loves themes like: family, the unexplained, loyalty, love, and great moving pictures, spiced with the best acting in cinemas right now...then go and buy this movie, and give it to your friend to enjoy it after wards.

I will "only" give it 9 though..just because of movies like Braveheart, La Vita e Bella and The Matrix still exists :) Peace E


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