Friday, July 15, 2011
Life, Above All; today we have Morgana Davies' extraordinary work in THE TREE. That anyone could steal the thunder out from under an actress as always-fine as Charlotte Gainsbourg is surprising enough; that it would be a small girl (pictured at left on the poster, right, and three photos below) with but a single credit behind her (for a film unreleased anywhere but in Australia -- and given but a single star on its IMDB site!) is a further oddity.
Julie Bertuccelli (shown at left, of the much-heralded Since Otar Left), either cast her film strikingly well (every actor is on-point here, including the expansive arboreal giant in the title role) or else she has been able to bring out a remarkable emotional range coupled to an acute intelligence from the young co-star. Probably both.
Marton Csokas (above) as the man who comes into mom's life, providing employment and more. The filmmaker, who co-adapted (with Elizabeth J. Mars) the screenplay from a novel by Judy Pascoe, does a smart job of providing reality to the relationship, the impact of which on this tightly-knit family may not be as strong as less believable (but more romantic) movies might have it.
Zeitgeist Films -- in New York City (the Beekman and Village East Cinemas) and on Long Island (Cinema Arts Centre) -- and elsewhere soon. To see all the many scheduled playdates around the country, including cities and theaters, click here.