Into the Forest
Directed by Patricia Rozema
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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★★★½ review by Katie on Letterboxd
ellen page is a lesbian and evan rachel wood is bisexual
★★★★½ review by Lucy on Letterboxd
i would die for ellen page AND evan rachel wood
★★★★ review by Marian on Letterboxd
ellen page is incapable of looking like a straight person and i love her
★★★★ review by Marianna Neal on Letterboxd
This is a beautiful film, and an inspiring story with powerful performances. It's really a shame nobody ever talks about this one. Loved how different it was from so many post-apocalyptic films out there.
★★★★ review by Tim Burnham on Letterboxd
The film starts with Ellen Page somewhat overacting and Evan Rachel Wood being quiet but believable. As the film progresses and Page starts acting under duress she gets better and better, and so does Wood to the point that her performance is just staggering.
The film's emotional undercurrent of the relationship between these two sisters is strong. The dedication to honest emotional responses, depictions of trauma and the aftermath, and scaled back intimacy are powerful and deserve credit.
But the narrative and logistics of the world are inconsistent and not always so believable. The timeline of the first half is very scattershot and random and either constantly rushes or leaves the story hanging for long stretches.
There's a particular moment at the very end that is so impulsive and over the top it really kills an easy enough thematic ending, and before that there's a queasy discussion had that takes more of a stand than the film probably intended.
All that said, the point of the film lies between Page and Wood, and they carry the film beautifully (alongside yet another great supporting performance from the always reliable Callum Keith Rennie). The thematic film is strong until the stumbling end and the weakest element of the whole thing ends up being the timeline and background setting.
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