The Olive Tree (El olivo) (2016)



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Critic Reviews for The Olive Tree (El olivo)

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4)

The film has gentleness and charm.

Mar 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Commentary on a changing Europe underpins 'The Olive Tree', but the human relationships are most poignant here.

Mar 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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A deceptively simple drama about a family and its thousand-year-old olive tree that is rooted in the best cinematic soil there is -- emotional truth -- The Olive Tree gets its hooks in early on, and then never lets up.

Feb 27, 2017 | Full Review…

An earthy, quietly stirring Spanish fable that finds familial, regional and environmental grievances inseparably tangled in its branches.

Feb 27, 2017 | Full Review…
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The trigger is a minor incident that triggers major significance and The Olive Tree ends as a joyful, life-affirming film that shows the power of personal conviction and positive action.

Nov 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Icíar Bollaín's The Olive Tree is a familial drama whose meandering tone and rather glib message mean that it never truly takes root.

Dec 28, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Olive Tree (El olivo)


It is not always subtle when it comes to its drama and has an easy ending that makes it feel like it lacks something as a character study, but it compensates for that with a lot of heart, honesty and an intense performance by Anna Castillo to make it definitely worth it.

Carlos Magalhães
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