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The exquisite Charlotte Gainsbourg stars in Julie Bertuccelli s achingly beautiful follow-up to her sleeper hit Since Otar Left. Closing Night Film at Cannes in 2010, The Tree is a mystical drama of loss and rebirth in the Australian countryside. Not since classic 1970s works Picnic at Hanging Rock and Walkabout has the harshly gorgeous outback landscape been such a lyrical yet foreboding metaphor for grief and coming of age.

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 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...

DVD Special Features Include:
Beautiful high-definition transfer, enhanced for widescreen viewing
In the Shadow of The Tree : A 30-minute behind-the-scenes documentary
Nine deleted scenes
U.S. theatrical trailer
English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH)

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Published November 15, 2011 by Zeitgeist Films.
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He proves that his interest in her goes beyond being her employer by helping her out when some frogs get caught in a clogged toilet at the house.

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