Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Tree (2010)

Overall, Julie Bertucelli's The Tree is an interesting film that explores our relation with nature. Unfortunately, the film is too badly paced.

Dawn (Charlotte Gainsbourg) lives with her four children in the Australian countryside. She must face the sudden death of her husband (Aden Young). However, Simone (Morgana Davies), Dawn's 8-year-old daughter, believes that her father lives again as the huge fig tree growing in the garden.

The whole family comes to believe that. However, some of the tree's branches fell over the house and its growing roots threaten the water pipes. When George, the new man Dawn sees, suggests the O'Neils to have the tree cut down, Simone won't allow it. This is because she's been talking to her father through that tree.

Julie Bertucelli's directorial skills gives the film a good momentum. Her depiction of the O'Neils' daily life after the death of the father allows the cast to deliver a nice performance. As Dawn, Charlotte Gainsbourg shows us a character who tries to stay strong while she lives her bereavement. Gainsbourg's performance looks so natural as much as Morgana Davies who knows how to look like a petulant child.

Unfortunately, the film loses its momentum when we're halfway through the film. This is because the story seems to keep going on for an eon. During the press screening, I occasionally fell asleep when the film went into its second third, because I got the story's point.

Rating: 3.5/5

Origin:France/Australia/Germany/Italy (2010)
Length:100 minutes
Screenplay:Julie Bertuccelli and Elizabeth J. Mars
Director:Julie Bertuccelli
Starring:Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marton Csokas and Morgana Davies

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