Parents' Guide to

The Tree of Blood

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Story of three generations has sex, murder, drug use.

Movie NR 2018 130 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+
age 16+

Comfort through Chaos

I personally love foreign films, and this one does not disappoint. It is complex and VERY honest in sharing the management of life's challenges. As seen in the characters, some people don't excel in that area. There is drug use, nudity, complex relations, as well as mystery and drama. Knowing European history would help viewers put things in perspective and knowing European culture would add to and explain the characters' complexities. This film is for entertainment and unless a viewer has experience with or an understanding of adult situations, there is no need to view it. The visuals are disturbing not because of how they are filmed but the reasons to add them. It is fascinating to see how the characters are developed and how the plot thickens, and in the end, leaves you with questions. Age is not always an indicator of understanding, so it is difficult for me to place a number on my recommendation. Although I suggest nothing younger than 16 by MY standards, always go by your own child's maturity and emotional stability, and always view it yourself before hand - that is the only true way to determine its appropriateness.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The plot of this film is wildly absorbing but also chaotically complex, verging at times on the absurd. That it's fun to watch may be because it feels so much like a year's worth of soap opera episodes compressed into a relatively-economical 130 minutes. Over-dramatics? Check. Outlandish plot points? Check. Good-looking actors? Check. Passion, murder, drug use, sex? Check, check, check, and check. As new outrageous revelations arise, it can feel necessary, in the effort to keep everything straight, to review all the various relations. The biggest flaw, easily overlooked, is that the young lovers who move the plot along are The Tree of Blood's least interesting characters. Older teens may be the only kids with the patience to keep all the relations straight and the only ones for whom the material will be appropriate.

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