The Olive Tree

2016 Spain

Screening: 22nd May 2023, 100 minutes

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When his beloved 2000 year old olive tree is removed by his son, Ramón stops talking. 12 years later, as her grandfather’s loss for the tree grows worse, Alma sets out on a journey to recover the tree. A heart-warming environmental fable.

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5
Beautifully acted, shot & storyline.
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Heart felt, passionate story of family and love.
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Extremely well acted and scripted fantasy.
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Beautiful acting from Alma. Not overly sentimental.
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Wonderful. What a moving film.
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Lovely film: funny, poignant, great!
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All good.
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Beautiful story.
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Real feel good film! Just what we need.
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Tears and smiles and thoughts of ecology!
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The quality and subtlety of the acting was astonishing. Wow!
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A beautiful film though I had hoped for a more dramatic protest of behalf of planetary survival.
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A really lovely film - in every way. The tree was like a wounded animal.
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So sad, so uplifting. So many contrasts. Loved the use of sound and silence. Loved it.
5
Well paced but unrushed, the film unfolds and opens up like a beautiful bloom. Thank you.
5
Yet another excellent choice. They keep on coming! Lovely story well filmed. Probably an inevitable ending but very moving.
5
A very lovely touching story. Amusing in parts (jokes). Very good acting. Pity we do not see so much of that family love between generations any more!
5
Loved that film! Even forgot it was subtitled. Forgot the time - so close to home with Esso destroying our trees in Farnborough. Fossil fuels the world over. Next 2,000 years?
5
A very moving film. Such a shame that grandad died before her return. A good reminder of the limited time we have to put things right.
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A perfect demonstration of the combined powers of love and determination, together with the madness of families! An evening well spent - thank you.
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This film quietly grew on me. The central character drew me into the story beautifully. The sub-plots worked well and the ending was an authentic and pragmatic conclusion.
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An amazing and very moving film. It says a lot about family relationships and how they develop and change with major circumstances. Excellent choice. Beautifully acted. Thank you.
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Excellent acting. Fascinating story line and kept me puzzling as to how it would end - grandfather's death was always on my mind as to the outcome.
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Very good. I enjoyed it.
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Good thought provoking movie. Good values.
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Beautiful, funny, poignant.
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Enjoyable & sad.
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V good.
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Excellente! Well acted - good story.
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Excellent.
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Beautiful story. Beautifully acted. Very moving.
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Estupendo!
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Very good.
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A moving, touching film beautifully filmed and well thought through.
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I enjoyed the heartwarming story.
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I loved the way the old gentleman related so closely to the tree. Wonderfully well done.
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Great film!
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Loved it. And not Hollywood ending. Funny & poignant.
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Enjoyed the film, real human story well made, but surprised by the ending. Was expecting the whole tree to be returned to grandad. If planting a sprig of it and waiting 2000 years was a satisfactory solution, they could have just asked the Germans. Still worth the watch though.
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Great feel good factor with emotional depth and well drawn characters. Really enjoyed it!
4
Interesting, different, emotional. Good film. Loved it!
4
A touching story of love and sheer crazy determination. Although they didn't succeed in bring the olive tree back from Dusseldorf, the journey did result in family healing. The olive tree was a symbol of family and of continuity from generation to generation.
4
Very good, laughed and cried. I thought the acting was excellent and the scenes between the grandfather and granddaughter very poignant. Very emotional when they took the tree, very funny when uncle said 'I'm glad we brought the truck' and she had the tree to transplant
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I thought this was a heartfelt and touching film , visually beautiful and the topic was very thought-provoking it reminded me of the importance of roots (both real and imagined), and holding on to what we value and define us. With some very humorous moments of brightness too. Great choice thank you
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A film for our times.
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"Enjoyable. Happy face. 4,"Nice story."
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"Lovely film. A bit far fetched. 4,"Hard hitting."
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Quaint.
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Entertaining - good. Very Spanish, dramatic.
4
It finished too soon. I want to know what happened next. I was so invested in the story!
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Love a film with gentle, warm, kind relationships and it was obvious the grandfather would stay alive to see the tree returned.
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A thoughtful look at a deeply rooted in the earth culture & family. A warning to us all.
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One of my best films so far. Loved the relationship between granddaughter and grandfather. Comical at times too!
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Bit slow to start but funny & emotional at the end. Enjoyed it.
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Just had to be.
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Very gently film of hope & building bridges. Rather slow.
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A surprisingly moving & slightly funny at times from a more than angry dysfunctional family.
3
Rather heavy handed humour at times. The film was redeemed by an ending that wasn't the expected 'happy' conclusion.
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