A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is about families sticking together and working hard to overcome difficult odds. Sharing and learning to conserve become important.
Positive Role Models
Though they're sometimes victims, and they're prone to weaknesses and arguing, the characters learn to be self-reliant, share, help each other, and use their minds to overcome challenges.
Violence & Scariness
Brutal rape scene (camera focuses mainly on the victim's face, with a man's hand shown on her throat). Leg sliced in a chainsaw accident; bloody, gory wound. Major character dies. Painful-looking blisters. Hurt back. A wild pig is slaughtered and gutted for food. Bloody chicken feathers. A scary nightmare. Fall from height. Scenes of rage, arguing. Vomiting. Burning house.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Topless woman. Kissing. A somewhat graphic sex scene.
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A few uses of "f--king," plus "s--t," "Jesus," and "oh my God" (the latter two as exclamations).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters occasionally drink alcohol, ranging from brandy to beer. Some mild drunkenness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Into the Forest is a drama about two young women living on their own in a remote house in the woods. It's based on a novel by Jean Hegland and has a dystopian/futuristic setting, though it doesn't focus on aliens, action, chases, or killing. Still, there's some strong violence, notably a brutal rape scene (focusing mainly on the woman's face), a chainsaw accident that leaves a bloody wound, and a major death. A wild pig is killed and slaughtered for food; its guts and entrails are shown. Language is infrequent but includes a few uses of "f--k" and "s--t." There's also a sex scene, including kissing and naked breasts, between a loving couple. There are other scenes with a topless woman, and a woman becomes pregnant and gives birth. Some brief drinking/mild drunkenness is shown. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Unlike just about every other post-apocalyptic movie ever made, this sisterly drama has no aliens, chases, or fights; it's lushly beautiful, but heavy and soft. Yet its soapy quality may appeal to some audiences. Director Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) emphasizes the beauties of the outdoors, of living organically off the land. It's frequently raining, and the foliage always looks breathtaking. Add to that the focus on Nell (Elliot Page) training her mind and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) training her body, and it's a perfect picture of what it means to be a human living on Earth.
All that said, Rozema isn't quite so adept at telling her story. The plot turns of Into the Forest, both hopeful and tragic, come in great, thumping chunks. Everything is telegraphed, and it rarely flows. Fortunately, both Page and Wood give strong, brave, open performances, finding the strength to carry the film's emotions and ideas from scene to scene; they're the glue between moments.
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