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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

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Final cinema film of actress Penne Hackforth-Jones. 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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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 »

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Shiver Shiver
Written by C. Dyers/ M. Dyers/ A. Mason
Performed by The Slippers
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Touching but slow
19 April 2011 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a family that griefs the sudden death of the husband / father, as he collapsed while driving.

"The Tree" is an intensely introspective film, as it attempts to sculpt the emotional states, thoughts and feelings of the family members after the husband's death. As the husband's car hit a tree next to their house, the rest of the family have a special attachment to this tree. This attachment become central to the plot, and it requires much empathy to understand the characters' actions and motivation. The wife uses the tree for comfort, while the daughter Simone uses the tree as a replacement for her father. Even though the portrayals of the family's internal world are excellent, "The Tree" still suffers from being too slow and too plain for an average viewer.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2010 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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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DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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