The Tree

Friday, December 02 nd, 2016 at 00:12 am 

The Tree

JOY REVIEW

The Tree is certainly a well-meaning movie that explores grief, among other things. It’s a very good cast that is headlined by Charlotte Gainsbourg, who is probably the only person you’ll recognize. She plays a woman who’s very much in love with her husband who has a heart attack and dies. In addition to being a sexy soul mate, he was a great father and she has a hard time recovering from his death.  Her kids seem neglected and the one little girl decides that her father really lives in a tree. The movie is apparently based on two books, “The Baron and the Tree” and “Our Father, Who Art in the Tree,” the idea being that both stories have the central figure of a tree. There are parts of this movie to really like, but as a psychologist, it was really irritating for me to watch a mother who was so self-indulgent about her own grief, and so un-willing to be a parent, that she put her entire family in jeopardy. So for that, it was very difficult for me to be supportive of it. If you’re a little less picky than I am, you might enjoy it because the performances are great and it actually has some heart to it. But I would give it one and a half stars on the basis of parenting alone.

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