The Tree Reviews

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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 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 11, 2011
Beautifully filmed in the harsh, dry landscape, "The Tree" is often mesmerizing...
August 5, 2011
Expert at being riven, by grief, sex or just about anything else, Gainsbourg is as intense as ever.
August 4, 2011
The imagery is almost unendurably self-conscious, and Gainsbourg, with her low, musical, murmuring voice, gives the kind of performance you suspect she can do standing on her head. Her final lines are irritating beyond belief.
August 4, 2011
Slow, overlong and short on emotion.
August 3, 2011
Unusual and endearing.
July 28, 2011
It's simply vagueness.
July 21, 2011
It's not exactly subtle. But it works.
July 21, 2011
Bertuccelli uses the scrubbed topography of Queensland, Australia, to mostly eloquent effect, although her mystical symbols can be as on-the-nose as her dialogue.
July 21, 2011
What makes The Tree feel like a movie about actual people and not just writer's constructs are the powerful performances by Gainsbourg and young Davies.
July 21, 2011
This is an easy movie to watch. If only Julie Bertuccelli had more trust in her most interesting stuff.
July 20, 2011
A movie that's content to stand still.
Top Critic
July 15, 2011
In the end, the metaphor dominates. At every turn, the fig tree makes a statement.
July 15, 2011
"The Tree" falls short of being revelatory, yet has a mysterious, sturdy power that grows on you.
July 15, 2011
"The Tree" is slow-moving, but if given a chance, it will (pardon the pun) grow on you.
July 14, 2011
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.
July 14, 2011
The Tree is well-acted, and Bertuccelli successfully makes some obvious metaphors come off as unforced.
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