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The Sleeping Tree (2014)

Alshajarh alnaemah (original title)
A daughter's relationship with Mother Nature could change the course of a family driven apart...


Mohamed Buali (as Mohammed BuAli)


Fareed Ramadan
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Ibrahim Al-Hasawi
Omar Alsaeedi Omar Alsaeedi
Ebrahim Khalfan Ebrahim Khalfan ... Saud
Samar Almeer Samar Almeer
Eyman Algosaibi Eyman Algosaibi ... Doctor
Dana Al Salem Dana Al Salem
Hayfa Hussain Hayfa Hussain ... Noora
Hawraa Sharif Hawraa Sharif
Mariam Ziman Mariam Ziman ... Firdous
Jamaan Alrowaiei Jamaan Alrowaiei ... Jassim (as Juma'an Al-Rowayai)
Shadha Sabt Shadha Sabt ... Dalal


Entrapped within a prison of his own making, a father's outlook and relationship with reality is questioned... Neglecting both his wife and daughter, Jassim lives a separate life to his family within an atmosphere of foreboding. It is only during a chance convergence of circumstances in which he visits the legendary tree of life that Jassim begins to question his understandings.

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What secrets to life does the tree hide?

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Bu Ali Narrative one of Hope
21 December 2014 | by m-alobaidleySee all my reviews

This is a dazzling visual novel and the most distinguishing feature about this film is that it is breaking the traditional narrative traditions in the Gulf cinema, but very smoothly. Away from the traditional Simple causality logic, the scenario apparently overlapping of times by mixing reality with fiction reflecting the lasting swung between reality and hope. As usual, the director Mohammed Bu Ali hold the thread of his narrative seamlessly pushing us to hold our breaths until the last scene. Bu Ali managed competently an overflowing bitterness story from his childhood to a tale of hope by ending up the log journey of desperation of his hero at the place which symbolize a miracle: "Tree of Life", the tree that grew on a small plateau in the desert of Bahrain and remained lush until today since more than 400 years.

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Release Date:

13 December 2014 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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