The Tree Reviews

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January 8, 2019
You can probably guess what happens. But the standard-issue life-after-death flick is worth watching just for Gainsbourg.
October 17, 2013
[The Tree is] one of the most personally striking films of the year.
March 18, 2012
[It] would be much easier to write off as silly and self-serious, if it weren't so involving.
January 5, 2012
It's well worth seeing the performance of young Morgana Davies as Simone, a child who becomes convinced that her late father speaks and listens to her through the comforting branches of the tree next to her house.
November 4, 2011
In the end, The Tree is something of a stretch; but it's a good stretch, a mix of mysticism and family dynamics both satisfying and intriguing.
September 2, 2011
"The Tree" might have suffered from too much symbolism if not for writer-director Julie Bertuccelli's deft touch and Gainsbourg's appealing performance.
August 26, 2011
A wonderfully embraceable little film, one that is at turns honeysuckle-sweet, cherry blossom-delicate, and as comforting as the shade of a City Park oak.
August 25, 2011
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.
August 19, 2011
It's a quiet film and a quietly moving one.
August 11, 2011
Beautifully filmed in the harsh, dry landscape, "The Tree" is often mesmerizing...
August 7, 2011
t may sound like a Stephen King horror yarn but The Tree's a meandering, mystical tale of dealing with a tragic loss.
August 5, 2011
Expert at being riven, by grief, sex or just about anything else, Gainsbourg is as intense as ever.
August 4, 2011
Gainsbourg's skilful but customarily tense performance can make the whole thing a slightly brittle experience - imagine how Toni Collette might have warmed the general aura.
August 4, 2011
Combining simple family drama with hints of understated magical realism, the feature sees grief-stricken mum of four Charlotte Gainsbourg struggling to get her life back on track following her husband's sudden death.
August 3, 2011
Unusual and endearing.
August 3, 2011
This is an emotionally engaging drama with strong performances, particularly from the child actors, but it's also a good twenty minutes too long and doesn't quite get the tone right, which leads to the occasional unintentionally hilarious moment.
August 2, 2011
A tender, well sketched drama of familial reconnection that for the most part successfully balances the literal and metaphorical in its telling of coping with loss.
August 1, 2011
By now it should be obvious that Gainsbourg is one of international cinema's most versatile portrayers of characters, as well as one of its most adventurous.
August 1, 2011
An eerie and unsettling adaptation of Judy Pascoe's novel that impresses more for its atmospherics than its narrative.
July 21, 2011
It's not exactly subtle. But it works.
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