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
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
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
Happy families are boring anyway.
"No animals or trees were harmed while filming" See more
Die Kriegsknechte aber, da sie Jesum
(from "St. John Passion", BWV 245)
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by The Scholars Baroque Ensemble See more
11 August 2010 (France)
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Opening Weekend USA: $4,983,
17 July 2011
Gross USA: $71,158
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $2,450,045
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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