Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Into the Forest (2015)

Director: Patricia Rozema. Cast: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella. 101 min. Rated R. Canada. Drama/Sci-fi.

For uncertain reasons (but through a scenario made completely believable by Zero Days), the country loses power indefinitely, and access to gasoline, food, supplies, and the internet all go out the window. A father and his two daughters hone their survival skills in their woodland home, and the sister-sister interaction becomes the core of the drama. The characters' decisions may seem strange, but similar to Melancholia, end-of-days stories benefit from mapping out uncharted territory, subjecting us solely to the writers' imagination. Here, I found their narrative compelling, and the Page-Wood chemistry is perfect, even though they don't look like sisters.

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