Time Out says
Julie Bertuccelli’s follow-up to the Georgia-set charmer ‘Since Otar Left’ is another tribute to the French director’s wandering spirit, though there’s some clunky dialogue to explain how Gainsbourg ended up in the wilds of Oz. Toning down the grief from ‘Antichrist’ levels of excess, her utterly believable performance grounds a drama which otherwise threatens to turn amorphously metaphysical, her deep hurt the film’s abiding reality.
That said, Davies is the standout, projecting innocence and determination without the usual child-actor precocity, and keeping the story alert when its trajectory of regeneration and renewal starts to look telegraphed. The piece is engrossing in its everyday details of domestic discord and tribulation – not least because the eponymous tree makes a canny character in its own right. Ultimately then, while the central metaphor’s a bit too obvious, we like the people enough to go with it. Unusual and endearing.
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