Parents' Guide to

Into the Forest

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mature but thoughtful dystopian sisterhood drama.

Movie R 2016 101 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 13+

One of the best movies but it not a horror or thriller

This movie is like an everyday life situation and it is very nice. Where I live, we are used to something called load shedding where we are without power for some time, yes, six months is an exaggeration but still a good movie. A sister connection, father passing away and finding ways to live in an isolated forest. A woman is raped and falls pregnant and still loves the child and the other sister is there to help with. It such a nice movie.
age 18+


Very brutal rape scene happens in the movie where a young virgin is violently beaten and raped, and then carries and gives birth to a rape baby. Extremely TRIGGERING for survivors and young children!!! Beware..

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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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