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The Tree (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 11 August 2010 (France)
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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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Julie Bertuccelli

Writers:

Judy Pascoe (novel), Julie Bertuccelli | 1 more credit »
1 win & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Council Inspector
Taren Stewart Taren Stewart ... Lou's friend
Robert Joseph Stewart 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

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

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

Connections

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

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To Build a Home
Written by Patrick Watson (as Watson)/ Jason Swinscoe (as Swinscoe)/ Phil France (as France)/ Page
Performed by The Cinematic Orchestra
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slow, meandering, dreamy
22 September 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Peter O'Neil dies suddenly in front of his family. His wife Dawn (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is devastated and she's left with four kids to care for in the outbacks of Australia. The girl Simone starts talking to the giant tree next to their home. Its roots are getting into the pipe and a giant branch crashes into the home. She gets a job at the plumbing supply store and starts a relationship with owner George. Her neighbors want her to cut down the tree before the roots get into their pipes. Simone defends the tree against George claiming to hear her father.

This is a slower, meandering story like a tree slowly strangling the house. It has a dreamy feel. Some of it looks beautiful but some of it gently rocks the audience to sleep. It has some appeal but mostly, it's a low intensity tale. The neighbors could have given more tension. In the end, the storm is a convenient way to blow all the story branches away.


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