NOBLE FIR follows Henry Dean, a man not given to emotion, who is struggling to maintain control over his life during the busiest part of the Christmas-tree harvesting season. Like his body, Hank’s wounded spirit limps along; he’s “out in the trees” and it’s ultimately his choice whether or not to walk out. Noble Fir is the patiently unfolding story of a strong man who has strung himself up from circumstance.
As the film navigates the shaky curves of grief, it is held together with a tense and, at times, hopeful score. Like a devastated soul, the film feels as full as it does hollow—with gaps in time and words—while showcasing a quiet truth: loss can be hard to live with, and even more difficult to watch someone try to survive it.