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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Into The Forest (2016)

A father (Callum Keith Rennie) lives in a secluded mountain home with his two young daughters (Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood) when there is an unexplained massive world wide power outage. Without electricity, gas, food etc., they are left to fend for themselves while civilization begins to deteriorate. Based on the novel by Jean Hegland and adapted for the screen and directed by Patricia Rozema. I suppose this could be placed under the banner of post apocalyptic movies but it's more of a cerebral mood piece than a thriller. In other words, it's not PANIC IN YEAR ZERO. Rozema takes her sweet time in letting the events unfold but outside of an unpleasant rape sequence, it's not the kind of film where much "happens" nor is there a resolution to the story. Beautifully shot in the wilds of British Columbia by Daniel Grant, Page and Wood play off each other quite nicely and one has no problem believing them as sisters. There is one sequence I could have done without, a graphic evisceration and skinning of a pig which I felt was pointlessly "in your face". With Max Minghella, Michael Eklund and Wendy Crewson. 

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