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The Tree

A dramedy that explores a sibling relationship in the aftermath of their fathers death.
5/5

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Written and directed by Oliver Blair, ‘The Tree’ is a short dramedy film that explores a grief-stricken brother and sister in the aftermath of their fathers passing. Joel Morris stars as James, the unruly older brother of Yasmin – portrayed by Hayley Thomas. The short centers around nostalgia and reminiscence whilst clearing out their fathers decaying burger van. Despite its poignant narrative, the film is sharply witty throughout with captivating characterization.

The 19-minute film opens with James parked outside his late fathers “Some Like it Hot” burger van. Upon the arrival of his youngest sister, a conflict arises surrounding his lack of support in the wake of their dad’s death. Utilizing quintessential British humor, the narrative takes a flamboyant turn as they look back on their fathers character whilst rooting through his belongings. A charming film that gives an unflinching account of sibling tension and judgment during the complex grieving process.

Oliver Blair has created an outstanding film that doesn’t shy away from showcasing the unglamorous bereavement process. Joel Morris and Hayley Thomas deliver commendable performances throughout. The narrative is strengthened by its working-class backbone, accentuated by blemished characterization and churlish dialogue. Visually, the film is professionally shot with outstanding post-production. Sound is of equal quality. ‘The Tree’ succeeds in its careful balance between comedy and tragedy. An enthralling watch. Highly recommended.
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The Tree

A dramedy that explores a sibling relationship in the aftermath of their fathers death.
5/5

Review

Written and directed by Oliver Blair, ‘The Tree’ is a short dramedy film that explores a grief-stricken brother and sister in the aftermath of their fathers passing. Joel Morris stars as James, the unruly older brother of Yasmin – portrayed by Hayley Thomas. The short centers around nostalgia and reminiscence whilst clearing out their fathers decaying burger van. Despite its poignant narrative, the film is sharply witty throughout with captivating characterization.

The 19-minute film opens with James parked outside his late fathers “Some Like it Hot” burger van. Upon the arrival of his youngest sister, a conflict arises surrounding his lack of support in the wake of their dad’s death. Utilizing quintessential British humor, the narrative takes a flamboyant turn as they look back on their fathers character whilst rooting through his belongings. A charming film that gives an unflinching account of sibling tension and judgment during the complex grieving process.

Oliver Blair has created an outstanding film that doesn’t shy away from showcasing the unglamorous bereavement process. Joel Morris and Hayley Thomas deliver commendable performances throughout. The narrative is strengthened by its working-class backbone, accentuated by blemished characterization and churlish dialogue. Visually, the film is professionally shot with outstanding post-production. Sound is of equal quality. ‘The Tree’ succeeds in its careful balance between comedy and tragedy. An enthralling watch. Highly recommended.
The Tree Short Film e1657702814225

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