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  • Summary: After the sudden death of her father, 8-year-old Simone shares a secret with her mother Dawn. She’s convinced her father speaks to her through the leaves of her favourite tree and he’s come back to protect them. But the new bond between mother and daughter is threatened when Dawn starts aAfter the sudden death of her father, 8-year-old Simone shares a secret with her mother Dawn. She’s convinced her father speaks to her through the leaves of her favourite tree and he’s come back to protect them. But the new bond between mother and daughter is threatened when Dawn starts a relationship with George, the plumber, called in to remove the tree’s troublesome roots. As the branches of the tree start to infiltrate the house, the family is forced to make an agonizing decision. But have they left it too late? (Zeitgeist Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 14, 2011
    80
    The movie is truly a tree-hugger's delight (I confess to being one such hugger) that makes the most of its metaphors without straining toward supernatural schmaltz.
  2. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jul 15, 2011
    75
    Be warned: The Tree is slow-moving, but if given a chance, it will (pardon the pun) grow on you.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 25, 2011
    75
    Despite the potential for some supernatural grandiosity, the tone here remains understated and quiet, and Gainsbourg's performance feels lived-in, and deep, and right.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 15, 2011
    60
    Falls short of being revelatory, yet has a mysterious, sturdy power that grows on you.
  5. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 20, 2011
    58
    A symbol of the lost father, it looms, protects, and also wreaks havoc when a big branch collapses onto the house. Mostly, it's the expression of a movie that's content to stand still.
  6. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Sep 29, 2011
    50
    Pacing problems and shallow psychological inquiries plague this film almost as much as the overworked metaphor that supplies the film's title.
  7. Reviewed by: Simon Kinnear
    Jan 18, 2015
    40
    Initially promising, this Aussie weepie branches unconvincingly into magic realism, with symbolism so clunky it hampers Gainsbourg’s involving turn.

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  1. Jul 29, 2011
    6
    It's simply a pleasant movie. Simone, the 8-year-old daughter is a true find. She convinces herself she's happy after her father dies, butIt's simply a pleasant movie. Simone, the 8-year-old daughter is a true find. She convinces herself she's happy after her father dies, but when she connects with her late father through the massive tree on her family's property, she defends it to the end with conviction. Charlotte Gainsborgh is always great, but she's a little too "spacey" in this one. It's worth seeing, but moderate your expectations. Expand

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