Release date7 August 2014 (Chile) Based onOriginal
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The Magnetic Tree or (Spanish: El árbol magnético) is a Chilean Spanish co-produced film written and directed by Isabel de Ayguavives and filmed in Chile. The Magnetic Tree is Isabel de Ayguavives' debut feature film.
Bruno is a young immigrant returning to Chile from Germany after a long absence. Bruno is staying in the house of his cousins in the country, where the whole family are gathered to bid the place a farewell, as it is about to be sold. They visit a place that he remembers fondly, the "Magnetic Tree" a local curiosity. The tree has a mysterious magnetic force, so powerful that it can pull cars toward itself.
The group, in a series of free and open conversations, reveal the feelings that come from a family relationship.
Juan Pablo Larenas
The movie is a Chilean-Spanish production by Dos Treinta y Cinco P.C, Parox, and Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales .
San Sebastian Film Festival Nominated: Kutxa – New Director Award
The film had generally positive reception.
Twitchfilm review: "The strongest element of the movie, written and directed by Isabel de Ayguavives, is how it manages to recreate that feeling of a family reunion, specially when it comes to Chile."
Cineuropa review: "Ayguavives has created a mosaic of different situations that combine to form a subtle reflection on that damned nostalgia that can sometimes end up weighing down too heavily on us."
The Hollywood Reporter: “Lively and intimate, it's a film made by someone whose interest in and compassion for her people is deep and forgiving.” Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter.