‘The Olive Tree’ is a stirring Spanish drama that is warm and gently rousing. It tells of a young woman, Alma, who determines to rescue and return to rural Spain her disturbed family’s beloved, highly symbolic olive tree, which now sits in the Düsseldorf lobby of a multinational company, whose logo it has inspired. Commentary on a changing Europe, especially a socially and economically forlorn Spain, underpins ‘The Olive Tree’, but the human relationships are most poignant here, especially the one between Alma and her ailing grandfather.
‘The Olive Tree’ is a deceptively simple and charming drama about a family at war and its thousand-year-old olive tree that is rooted in the best cinematic soil there is — emotional truth. It gets its hooks in early on, and then never lets up.
‘The Olive Tree’ will be screened on Friday 2nd February at the Jubilee Hall, Slade Road, Portishead. The film starts at 8.00pm (with refreshments available from 7.30) and tickets cost £5.00. All are most welcome.