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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.

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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 ... 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:

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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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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 »

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

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

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Sway (Quien Sera)
Written by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz (as P. Beltran Ruiz), Luis Demetrio (as L. Traconia Molina) and Norman Gimbel
Performed by Dean Martin
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2 female leads - one brilliant, one - not....
7 August 2011 | by Gladys_PymSee all my reviews

Well. I had read reviews of this, and was looking forward to something good. What we got was - well - mediocre, really.

Charlotte Gainsbourg has been playing fragile, tense characters for a while, now. Don't get me wrong, she's good at it, but in this film she seems to have been either left without constraints to overact at will, or, worse still, TOLD to act like a gibbering, self centred wreck. (And, yes, I KNOW bereavement is tough, is excruciating, but she just gives up, then goes out to attach herself to another man).

On the other hand, Morgana Davies is just amazing. The most natural, real child actress I've seen in years, since Catinca Untaru in The Fall (2006). Just stunningly, amazingly well done.

OK, the film is about bereavement, and loss, and as a principle, and as a core and theme, this is certainly carried through, but on the one hand badly, and on the other brilliantly.

As to the other characters? Pretty well all of them two dimensional.

And, hey, if you can move houses like that, why not move the damn house a few metres down the hill and be done with it?

Morgana Davies. One to watch. Definitely.


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