The Tree 2011 NR CC

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Charlotte Gainsbourg (I'm Not There) stars in Julie Bertuccelli's achingly beautiful film- a mystical drama of loss and rebirth in the Australian countryside.

Starring:
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Morgana Davies
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Calvert on December 24, 2012
Format: DVD
The actual tree in this film is impressive. The Swiss Family Robinson could not have found a better tree! The cinematography is gorgeous. The 8 year old daughter is an old soul who steals the film. The mother, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg, is a character we see grow and develop 180 degrees from dysfunctional grieving spouse and mother of 4 children, to branching out and obtaining her first job, to dating again with all the complexities of being a single mother, to ultimately dealing with a calamity that I will not reveal further...

I absolutely loved this film. Just roll with it. What's the harm in having such an incredible magnificent giant of a tree also be one of the main characters? I never got tired of seeing that tree. Or how each member of the family interacted with it. An understated gem of a film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on July 12, 2013
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This is the second feature film by director Julie Bertuccelli, whose featurefkilm debut was a touching drama "Since Otar Left." It took about seven years for the director to make another feature film, a French-Australian production "The Tree." Based on Judy Pascoe's book "Our Father Who Art in The Tree," her sophomore feature follows the story of a family the O'Neil's living in a small Australian country town. Everything of their peaceful life changes when their father Peter (Aden Young) suddenly dies, leaving his wife Dawn (Charlotte Gainsbourg) shocked and devastated.

But one of their children, 8-year-old daughter Simone (Morgana Davies), believes that their father still dwells in the huge tree in the backyard. And it seems her strong belief is not entirely groundless as the tree is an unusual one, full of life, as if encroaching into their house.

The film's half-allegorical story is based on an interesting premise about the tree that triggers the mother-daughter conflict. Things get melodramatic when a male character enters: George Elrick (Marton Csokas), Dawn's employer who is romantically attracted to Dawn. Csokas and Gainsbourg did fine jobs, and so did the tree of the title, integral part of the film.

Unfortunately the film in its final act drops the ball in its handling of the narrative, not knowing what story to tell. That the metaphor (if any) of the tree is open to interpretation is fine with me. But the film's weak conclusion is something else. The story about Dawn's conflict and Simone's pains is resolved in a neat but convenient way. In fact, Simone is virtually forgotten at the end as if the director does not know what to do with the character.

See for then 7-year-old amazing Morgana Davies, whose complicated character is much more interesting than the overwrought symbolism of the beautifully-shot but somewhat unfocused film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michayoub on April 24, 2013
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Through its simple authenticity, The Tree powerfully explores family dynamics, love and loss. The performances are nothing short of sincere and moving. I expected this to be typically sad considering the issues it deals with but instead it concentrates on deeper issues such as family, the mystery of death, love, and loyalty.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Morgan on December 21, 2012
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You should definitely not watch the trailer if you can avoid it because I think it gives you a different idea of what the movie is about than what it really is.
The characters seem sad and confused and there is a general inability to cope with their life situation. That's just my take, and how I feel about the people being portrayed in this situation. To me, the only endearing character gets shuffled off for no comprehensible reason, for his efforts.
Of course the acting is all top notch, so it is not about them, it is the story and the state of mind people go into because of catastrophes. I can relate to that having lived through a very devastating hurricane in South Florida, how you can go into a sort of malaise in the midst of what seems like ruin that has to be permanent. Well, it isn't and you just deal with it.
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