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Genre  Drama, Sci-Fi
Music director  Max Richter
Story by  Jean Hegland
Language  English
6.8/10 IMDb

Director  Patricia Rozema
Initial release  2015
Screenplay  Patricia Rozema
Country  Canada
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Based on  Into the Forest  by Jean Hegland
Writer  Jean Hegland (novel), Patricia Rozema (screenplay), Patricia Rozema
Cast  Ellen Page (Nell), Evan Rachel Wood (Eva), Max Minghella (Eli), Callum Keith Rennie (Robert), Michael Eklund (Stan), Sandy Sidhu (Mechanical Woman)
Similar movies  Ellen Page appears in Into the Forest and Freeheld

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Into the Forest is a 2015 Canadian drama film written and directed by Patricia Rozema. The film is based on the book written by Jean Hegland published in 1996. The film stars Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie, Michael Eklund, and Sandy Sidhu.

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Plot

In the near future, two teenage sisters, Nell and Eva, live in a remotely located home with their father in an old-growth forest. There is a massive, continent-wide power outage that appears to be part of an overall technological collapse. Nell is careless with their car so that the battery is drained, so they are left stranded for days. Eventually their father is able to get the car working and they make it to the nearest town where they are able to buy some limited supplies including gas from a man called Stan. Later Eva attends dance class while her sister meets up with Eli, a boy she has a crush on. Returning home, they see a stranded car and the girls' father offers to help the passengers, but after they brandish guns he moves on.

They are low on gas, and things seem increasingly hostile, so the girls' father tells them they will not be returning to town until the power is back on. Shortly after, while cutting down a tree in the forest, the girls' father has an accident and cuts his leg with a chain saw. Before dying he tells the girls to take care of each other and love one another.

The girls struggle onwards for two months as they run low on food. They are surprised one night by a knock on the door that turns out to be Eli, who walked there looking for Nell. He tells the sisters that he had searched the surrounding houses and they are all abandoned. Nell and Eli sleep together several times and he finally tells her that he heard that out east there is still electricity, internet, and order. He convinces Nell to go with him, but Eva chooses to remain behind. Nell briefly leaves but then turns back after a night away from home, unwilling to leave Eva.

Reunited, the girls begin to do research on the plants in the forest and use it to collect berries and other edibles. One day, after Nell gets her period and realizes she is not pregnant, she encourages Eva to celebrate by getting drunk with her, and the two use some of their gas on the generator and watch home movies of their deceased parents, and Eva dances to music for the first time in half a year.

The following day Nell goes to collect berries while Eva stays behind and chops wood. She is approached by Stan, who rapes her and then steals the remaining gas they have. As a result, the girls become more reclusive, boarding up the house and refusing to go outside. Nell tries to help Eva with her depression, playing her a song and revealing that she had actually hidden some of the gas and that Stan did not take all of it.

Eventually Eva realizes she is pregnant, which helps to jolt her out of her depression. Though Nell encourages her to try to abort the baby, Eva insists on keeping it, saying that she doesn't want to lose anyone else. During her pregnancy Eva states that she'll have a boy and Nell believes she'll have a girl. The two bet on the gas, saying that whoever correctly predicts the baby's gender will win the remaining gas.

During a storm several beams of the roof break and Eva begins to have contractions. The two sisters flee for a hollowed out tree stump that once served as their playhouse, where Eva gives birth to a baby boy. Returning to their now destroyed home, Eva decides to use her prize to burn-down the remains of the house, so that passersby will think that they died in a fire and they will be safe from stragglers.

Rescuing a few precious items, the sisters burn down the house and then relocate to their new home, deep within the forest.

Cast

  • Ellen Page as Nell
  • Evan Rachel Wood as Eva
  • Max Minghella as Eli
  • Callum Keith Rennie as Robert (Dad)
  • Wendy Crewson as Mom
  • Michael Eklund as Stan
  • Sandy Sidhu as quiz woman
  • Jordana Largy as Margot
  • Bethany Brown as Gabs
  • Simon Longmore as Biker
  • Brittany Willacy as Gigi
  • Production

    On October 21, 2013, Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood joined the cast. On August 27, 2014, Max Minghella and Callum Keith Rennie joined the cast. Principal photography and production began on July 28, 2014.

    Director Megan Griffiths was considered to direct, but was ultimately passed on by the producers.

    Release

    The film premiered in the Special Presentation section at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015. Shortly after, A24 Films and DirecTV Cinema acquired U.S distribution rights to the film, it will premiere on DirecTV before hitting theaters. In December, the film was announced as part of TIFF's annual Canada's Top Ten screening series of the ten best Canadian films of the year. It was released theatrically in 15 theaters in Canada on June 3, 2016 and in the United States on July 29. The film played for one week in 15 theaters where it grossed nearly $10k.

    Reception

    Into the Forest received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 77%, based on 43 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Into the Forest grounds its familiar apocalyptic framework with a relatable look at the bond between two sisters, compellingly brought to life by Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood." On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 59 out of 100, based on 18 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

    References

    Into the Forest Wikipedia
    Into the Forest themoviedb.org Into the Forest IMDb


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