A24 Films

RosieMeter: 96% Full Bloom rose-clipart-45x45

Runtime: 1 hr. 41 mins.

Nothing after the credits.


Into the Forest, written for the screen and directed by Patricia Rozema, is adapted from the book of the same name by Jean Hegland. It explores the relationship between two sisters who are just coming of age when the world starts to break down.

Set in the near future, the practical, science-minded Nell (Ellen Page), and her emotive, dancer sister, Eva (Evan Rachel Wood), must rely on each other when technology completely fails them. With one canister of gasoline left, the young women are forced to navigate the mountains, bad weather, threatening strangers and, of course, each other.

Both young women would have much to look forward to if the apocalypse wasn’t happening right outside their door. With no internet, electricity, or dare I say Pokemon Go, every moment is infused with the animal instinct to survive.

Both lead actresses are astonishing and beautiful. They represent the feminine ability to stay mentally tough while enduring extreme physical hardships. Both young women live with pain and fear, only to imagine a brighter, more hopeful future.

The three men in the film are simply back-story or are catalysts for change. There are no knights in shining armor in the apocalypse. Only women who choose to survive despite the odds they won’t.

Score breakdown:

Two female leads, both giving tremendous performances: 20 pts.

A female writer/director, adapted from a book written by a woman easily earns: 20 pts.

Telling a woman’s story: 20 pts.

Quality of filmmaking/Entertainment value: 16 pts.

Passes the Bechdel-Wallace test: 20 pts.




About Shanee Edwards

Shanee Edwards is a film critic, entertainment journalist and screenwriter.

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