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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.

Director:

Julie Bertuccelli

Writers:

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Dawn
Morgan Davies ... Simone (as Morgana Davies)
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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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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Life is a force of nature

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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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 »

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 »

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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Filming Locations and stuff.
23 May 2020 | by burnellsSee all my reviews

I would like to add information about this film some people might find interesting it was actually shot in different locations in Queensland.. Winton, which actually is in the outback roughly in the middle of QLD and Boonah and the Kalbar/Tarome area not far from Boonah in South East QLD (not really the outback) Winton is over 1,350 kms from Boonah despite the geographical differences in the locations they blend seamlessly together being from the area ( The view outside my window includes the giant Moreton Bay Fig now known as "The Tree") it is amazing to see how they made these entirely different locations look like the same place as for the film it's an interesting combination of fantasy and reality light on fantasy heavy on reality it is not supposed to provide the answers to questions that arise from the family's situation it avoids, or attempts to avoid depictions of various characters reactions that are cliche even if that is to the detriment of the character or film nor does it have a neat and tidy ending that resolves all their issues and sets a clear path for the future that would seem more unreal, it is the unknown in that regard that is slightly haunting. It wasn't perfect in the acting department and was a little overlong but it had just enough puff to get me to the end. I wouldn't say the story and much of the film was enjoyable it's not that kind of film it was more like looking through a window into other peoples misfortunes and you feel lucky that that isn't you..the funny part was the frogs in the toilet and that does actually happen out here in the sticks sometimes that is not so funny.


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Release Date:

11 August 2010 (France) See more »

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Boonah, Queensland, Australia See more »

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Budget:

EUR7,740,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,983, 17 July 2011

Gross USA:

$71,158

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,450,045
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