The Tree
The Tree (2011)

Blindsided with anguish after her husband's sudden death, Dawn (Gainsbourg)-along with her four young children-struggles to make sense of life without him. Eight-year-old Simone (unforgettable newcomer Morgana Davies) becomes convinced… More

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: July 15, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it leans rather heavily on its central metaphor, The Tree is a moving and ultimately hopeful meditation on grief with shades of magical realism.

Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Full review…
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Full review…
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine

[The Tree is] one of the most personally striking films of the year.

Full review…
Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

Full review…
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The arboreal metaphor is overworked as the tree's roots choke off the rural home's water supply, but the story has a winning, fable-like directness.

Full review…
Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine

[It] would be much easier to write off as silly and self-serious, if it weren't so involving.

Full review…
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The Tree" might have suffered from too much symbolism if not for writer-director Julie Bertuccelli's deft touch and Gainsbourg's appealing performance.

Full review…
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Beautifully filmed in the harsh, dry landscape, "The Tree" is often mesmerizing...

Full review…
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Pacing problems and shallow psychological inquiries plague this film almost as much as the overworked metaphor that supplies the film's title.

Full review…
More reviews for The Tree

Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
I expected a lot more from this film, just wasn't what I saw in the previews. But still an enjoyable family film from Australia. About a young girl who… More
Chihoe Ho
Metaphorical at every turn, "The Tree" is about letting go without giving up. Its languid pace worked against it initially but the storyline… More
Walter M.
In "The Tree," Peter O'Neil(Aden Young) dies from a massive heart attack on the way home from work one day. His widow Dawn(Charlotte Gainsbourg)… More
Hassan Vawda
Firstly, this is such a well directed film. The cinematography and editing is fantastic; Bertuccelli creates a beautiful sense of magical realism, especially… More
Ryan Marshall
** out of **** "The Tree" is a perfect example of a movie that has all the necessary materials - an appealing set-up that promises emotional… More
Cinema Films
The Tree is set in rural Australia and features the usually compelling French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. It is based on the novel by Judy Pascoe which came… More