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The Tree

Released Jul 15, 2011 1h 40m Drama Romance List
72% Tomatometer 67 Reviews 53% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Simone believes her dead father talks to her through a fig tree and won't allow it to be cut down. Read More Read Less

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Though it leans rather heavily on its central metaphor, The Tree is a moving and ultimately hopeful meditation on grief with shades of magical realism.

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Laura Kern Film Comment Magazine [It] would be much easier to write off as silly and self-serious, if it weren't so involving. Mar 18, 2012 Full Review Ray Bennett Hollywood Reporter It's well worth seeing the performance of young Morgana Davies as Simone, a child who becomes convinced that her late father speaks and listens to her through the comforting branches of the tree next to her house. Jan 5, 2012 Full Review Tom Long Detroit News In the end, The Tree is something of a stretch; but it's a good stretch, a mix of mysticism and family dynamics both satisfying and intriguing. Rated: B Nov 4, 2011 Full Review Kelly Jane Torrance Washington Examiner You can probably guess what happens. But the standard-issue life-after-death flick is worth watching just for Gainsbourg. Rated: 3.5/5 Jan 8, 2019 Full Review Daniel Gumble CineVue The heavy-handed use of symbolism is, at times, offensively patronising and cliched. Nov 15, 2018 Full Review Glenn Dunks Onya Magazine [The Tree is] one of the most personally striking films of the year. Rated: A Oct 17, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Not a well made film, but the ideas are intriguing and Morgana Davies is marvellous as 8 year old Simone. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member A raw and pointed story of what happens when life is turned upside down. Stunning and beautiful. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member A mystical story about a family dealing with grief. Worth watching for the performance by Morgana Davies as Simone. (I love the the title of the book, "Our Father Who Art in the Tree".) Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member A film about death that never really comes to life. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review daron d Mostly a non event, containing the antics of a brat child and the whimsy of a widow Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The Tree (2010): A whimsical Australian-French co-production, using the innocent charm of the child performers and their respective quirky characters (especially Morgana Davies as eight-year-old Simone) as a narrative strength. The adults also fare well with a distant, complex turn by Charlotte Gainsbourg and a fine Marton Csokas, keeping viewers engaged as the titular character dominates their emotional and physical lives, offering comfort and solace, as well as expressing anger and pain. Beautifully photographed and gently scored, this is a touching drama. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Simone believes her dead father talks to her through a fig tree and won't allow it to be cut down.
Julie Bertuccelli
Laetitia Gonzalez
Julie Bertuccelli, Elizabeth J. Mars
Zeitgeist Films
Drama, Romance
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 15, 2011, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 11, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
1h 40m
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