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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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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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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

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 »

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 Estrenos Críticos: 03/06/2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Kriegsknechte aber, da sie Jesum
(from "St. John Passion", BWV 245)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by The Scholars Baroque Ensemble
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Better Than TREE OF LIFE
30 March 2012 | by cintactSee all my reviews

A strong, layered second film by Julie Bertocelli, one which probably deserves more recognition that it has been given by most critics. I found it difficult to take my eyes off of Charlotte Gainsbourg, who gave a sensitive and complex portrayal of a woman grieving her husband's passing. While the film may have been compared to WALKABOUT, given the cinematic opportunities of the outback, the spiritual nature of the environment paves way for specific beautiful and endearing unexpected visual delights which compliment the narrative in obvious ways, but perhaps not offensively so. The film is quite focused. It is kept simple and unfolds nicely. I found it much more pleasing to sit through than TREE OF LIFE. Bertocelli's film is much more tightly woven and traditional in form, not necessarily any less authentic or profound. Moments were delightful, not excruciatingly painful in the sense of wallowing, allowing the occasional irritation from the daughter to seep into the point where you just want Dawn to slap her across the face. May make more of an interesting comparison the that tree scene in Poltergeist or the horror film about the WOODS. Definitely underrated on here, a film well worth checking out.


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