In the not too distant future, two young women who live in a remote ancient forest discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse. Informed only by rumor, they fight intruders, disease, loneliness & starvation.
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I entered the forest tentatively. There were expectations of bad. I am Canadian. Why do I go see Canadian films I expect to hate? It doesn't matter. Occasionally it pays dividends. I will say, however, that this movie is incredible DESPITE the screenplay. Rozema has just done so many things totally wonderfully here. The metronome. Oh my God. The metronome. It were as though I had a womb w/ a heart beating there.
This tale of two sisters' survival contains so many cliched and unnecessary scenes (the accidental chainsaw death of the father; the love interest sex scene, he's a bland character and he's missing from the rest of the story; the rape scene, the pregnancy, the birth scene.) Sappy string score throughout and the burning of the house was a silly ending.
They put a lot of effort and heart into this movie and it pays off. It's not a sci-fi film. It was a horror film for me, the thought of not having electricity, since that's all I do is consume electricity.
Into the Forest is an affecting, tightly-edited, and fascinating portrayal of the end times, told from the perspective of two sisters isolated deep in the forest. Some scenes are scary, some are moving, others are even humorous. It's a well-rounded effort with two great leads, especially Evan Rachel Wood.
FNC '15 Welcome back Ms. Rozema. The director makes her first important work since 'Mansfield Park' with this surprising and effective tale of 'end of days'. Two sisters survive in an uncertain future when the north American power grid goes down separated for the most part from the world of men but must overcome their own fixations and self-center ness to exist. What sounded contrived works very well here.
Carefully constructed and with an impeccable narrative. The central tale of sorority and survival is so clever and quite unexpected. I truly believe this film is an example on how far an austere production and a cleverly constructed tale can go, specially when it comes to non canonical science fiction. A delicate film.
Frankly, this is not the type of movie that I usually watch. In fact, I find it boring for the first time. However, as I continue to watch the movie until the end (which makes me greatful), I can realize how powerful the characters of these two actresses and they certainly can deliver it in good ways. What a way in showing that people don't need modern things to keep surviving.
A beautiful story of survival - two women overcoming grief and discarding an old life, an old world. Surviving by themselves, together - it's symbolic. Incredible performances by Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood make for believable character arcs that ultimately saves the okay screenplay.