New Release: The Tree DVD

Release Date: Nov. 15,2011
Price: DVD $29.99
Studio: Zeitgeist

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Charlotte Gainsbourg gets mystical in The Tree.

The exquisite Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist) stars in Julie Bertuccelli’s (Since Otar Left) 2010 film The Tree, a mystical drama of loss and rebirth on the Australian countryside.

Blindsided with anguish after her husband’s sudden death, Dawn (Gainsbourg) and her four young children struggle to make sense of life without him. Eight-year-old Simone (Morgana Davies) becomes convinced that her father is whispering to her through the leaves of the gargantuan fig tree that towers over their house. The family is initially comforted by its presence, but then the tree’s enormous roots slowly begin to encroach on the abode and threaten their fragile existence….

The movie looks to be in the same vein as such 1970s Australia-based classics as Picnic at Hanging Rock and Walkabout, wherein the gorgeous but harsh Australian Outback plays as a lyrical but ominous metaphor for grief and coming of age.

An Australian/French co-production, The Tree played U.S. theaters on a limited basis in July following an extensive rollout to film festivals and a theatrical release across Europe, South America and Russia.

Here’s a list of bonus features on the DVD:

  • “In the Shadow of The Tree”: A 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary
  • nine deleted scenes
  • U.S. theatrical trailer


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