André Gil Mata’s The Tree had me thinking a lot, had me admire what I saw and had me marvel over the future of Slow Cinema. Mata is part of a growing number of new, extremely talented slow-film directors, which fills my heart with (slow) joy. What is more is that The Tree is one of those unforgettable films, which pays homage to its predecessors, a unique piece that raises its hat to major influential "slow" personalities while carving a niche for itself . . .

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