After that creepy anthropomorphic tree in last year’s Antichrist, you’d think Charlotte Gainsbourg would steer clear of things with trunks. Nope. In the fest’s nicely crafted closing-night film — The Tree, by French writer/director Julie Bertuccelli — a tentacular Moreton Bay fig tree has as important a role as the all-nurturing living monolith in Avatar. At this rate, we may start seeing shots of trees in the trades, angling for awards consideration.
In Biutiful, Uxbal has a gift for hearing what the dead need to convey to the living. In The Tree, a little girl and her recently widowed mother conclude that the spirit of their dead father/spouse lives on in the colossal, sprawlingly rooted tree beside their home in the Australian countryside.
When asked by Nice-Matin, the daily paper of the largest city on the French Riviera, with which real-life celeb she’d most like to exercise her lubricious wiles, Czech blonde Tarra White — two-time recipient of the Hot d’Or, the France-based porn trophies analogous to the AVN awards in the US — answered “Tom Cruise. I hear he’s got a big dick.” (“Tom Cruise. Il paraît qu’il a une grosse.”)
It’s nice to hear that Cruise is still a going concern with shapely and uninhibited 23-year-old women. In the parallel universe conjured by this year’s jury, her wish might have been “Apichatpong Weerasethakul — I hear he’s got a big imagination.”
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