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...
Life is a force of nature
11 August 2010 (France)
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Opening Weekend: $993,338
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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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
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
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
Happy families are boring anyway.
"No animals or trees were harmed while filming" See more
To Build a Home
Written by Patrick Watson
(as Watson)/ Jason Swinscoe (as Swinscoe)/ Phil France (as France)/ Page
Performed by The Cinematic Orchestra See more