Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, November 04, 2011 – Sunday, November 06, 2011

 Detroit Film Theatre

(Australia/2010directed by Julie Bertuccelli)

The exquisite Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist, I’m Not There) stars in Julie Bertuccelli’s achingly beautiful follow-up to her sleeper hit Since Otar Left. The Closing Night Film at Cannes in 2010, The Tree is a mystical drama of loss and rebirth in the Australian countryside. Not since the classic 1970s works Picnic at Hanging Rock and Walkabout has the harshly gorgeous outback landscape been such a lyrical yet foreboding metaphor for coming of age. 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. Though the family is initially comforted by its presence, the tree’s powerful roots begin to encroach on the abode in unexpected ways. (100 min.)

“Critics’ Pick! Gorgeous, luminous and radiant, with an aura of magical realism.” –Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Friday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m.