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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 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  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: Sam Adams
    Jul 12, 2011
    60
    The movie's mundane account of moving on is ultimately more gripping than its wooden metaphors.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Mowe
    Jul 16, 2011
    60
    Stunningly shot by cinematographer Nigel Bluck (Handsome Harry) the film captures beautifully the magic of the foliage and the surrounding landscapes.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jul 15, 2011
    55
    On a technical level, The Tree marks a significant advance over the humble utility of Bertuccelli's previous film, drinking in Australia's pastoral majesty with an abundant eye for beauty that falls just short of the intended poetry. Yet the characters aren't nearly as resonant.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jul 12, 2011
    50
    This is one film that's overly reliant on a dubious central symbol, schematically employed.

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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, 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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