The Tree

The Tree

DVD - 2011
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Following the death of her husband in a car crash, a grieving widow in the Australian countryside struggles to help her children deal with their loss.
Publisher: [New York] : Zeitgeist Films, 2011
Edition: Widescreen ed
Description: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Tree

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ScorchingSun
Apr 21, 2017

Grief at the premature loss of a loved one. Hang on or let go?
Didn't have a breakout emotional moment but still touching.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

A film with some great acting by its stars, Morgana Davies and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The rest of the cast was good as well, but their roles were so secondary in nature that they could too easily be forgotten. The pacing and the choices of inclusion are what hurts this film most. I didn't get a good feel for what made these characters tick, what their reasonings for many of their actions were. I really wanted to identify with the middle boy as he seemed like a wonderful character, but he was not well developed.

The Tree was a good story with some great acting that was definitely watchable, but not too memorable.

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Nursebob
Dec 31, 2014

Dawn and her husband Peter live happily with their four children in the Australian Outback a million miles from nowhere. Unfortunately their idyllic lifestyle comes to a sudden end one day when Peter suffers a fatal heart attack on his way home from work. Thrown into a deep depression following the funeral, Dawn slowly begins to take an interest in life again especially after she starts dating the owner of a local hardware store. Her eight-year-old daughter Simone however is not so quick on the rebound. Still mourning the loss of her father, and resentful of her mother’s new beau, Simone becomes convinced her dad’s spirit now inhabits the gigantic fig tree growing next to the house; even going so far as holding long animated discussions with him while sitting amongst its huge branches. Soon the tree is festooned with family memoribilia, much like a shrine, and a string of very odd occurrences has Dawn wondering whether or not there is some truth to Simone’s claims. But when the tree’s enormous root system begins to wreak havoc with underground water pipes and the neighbour’s fence Dawn’s decision to have it chopped down leads to an angry confrontation with Simone and a dark and stormy final resolution. Unresolved grief and the anger that accompanies it figure prominently in this simple psychological fable. Using a family tree (get it?) as a metaphor is certainly intriguing but director Julie Bertuccelli waters it down with so much extraneous fluff and dramatic non-sequiturs that it loses much of it’s impact. The whole production has a dark Steven Spielberg feel to it, including a few arboreal nods to Poltergeist, while Morgana Davies proves to be one of the most annoying child actors since Drew Barrymore did her first line of coke. Silly, tiresome, and emotionally tepid.

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Ron@Ottawa
Aug 18, 2014

This film from down-under told how a family dealt with the tragedy of losing the head of the household. In particular, the 8-year old daughter is obsessed with the thought that the deceased father now resides in a large, old tree next to the farm house. So be prepared to follow the camera - close-up of the tree bark and branches. Multiple times. Well acted, but I personally find the film a tad slow.

voisjoe1 Jun 22, 2013

A husband dies and leaves a family fatherless. The family members find solace in imagining that a gigantic tree next to their house contains the spirit of the father when the wind makes it seem that the leaves and croaking of the tree is the spirit conversing with them. Eventually, the tree’s closeness to the house begins to seriously damage the house. Is it that the it is time for the family to cease the grieving process and to get on with their lives? This film was selected by Cannes to be the closing night film. Charlotte Gainsbourg, half-Scot, half-French, half actor, half pop music star, plays this role in English as an immigrant to the rural area in Australia where the house is located. Gainsbourg is really becoming a well-known international actor playing leading recent roles in such films as “Antichrist,” “Melancholia,” “The Golden Door,” and here “The Tree.”

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rslade
Jun 21, 2013

Really strange, and you wonder what the point is of it all. Decent acting and production.

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vta
Nov 14, 2012

Why are the names of child cast members almost always omitted, even when they play main characters?
(MORGANA DAVIES is in this film.)

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durogoff
Jul 13, 2012

An excellent Australian film, somewhat reminiscent of Peter Weir's 1970's films like Picnic at Hanging Rock or The Wave. with an element of mystery/supranatural. Strangely, it was made by a French director. (it is a Aussie-French co-production).

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damation
Jan 19, 2012

I really liked this movie about a family in rural Australia and the tragedy they endure after losing the father..
The tree in the yard is the focus of the story and the scenery is just amazing. It is not a action film but a human interaction film.

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

Following the death of her husband in a car crash, a grieving widow in the Australian countryside struggles to help her children deal with their loss.
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Martin Csokas, Morgana Davies.

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