Into the Forest

Into the Forest is a 2015 Canadian film drama written and directed by Patricia Rozema . The movie is based on the book written by Jean Hegland published in 1996. The movie starsEllen Page , Evan Rachel Wood , Max Minghella , Callum Keith Rennie , Michael Eklund , and Sandy Sidhu .


In the near future, two teenage sisters, Nell and Eva, live in a remotely home with their father in an old-growth forest . There is a massive, continent-wide power outage that appears to be part of an overall collapse. Nell is so careless that the battery is drained, so they are left stranded for days. Eventually their father is able to make it to the nearest place where they are able to buy Stan’s. Eva waits for dance class while her sister meets up with Eli, a boy she has a crush on. Returning home, they see a stranded car and the girls

They are low on gas, and things seem to be so hostile, so the girls’ father tells them they will not be returning to town until the power is back on. Shortly after, while cutting down a tree in the forest, the girls’ father has an accident and cuts his leg with a chain saw. Before dying he tells the girls to take care of each other and love one another.

The girls struggle onwards for two months as they run low on food. They are surprised one night by Eli, who walked there looking for Nell. He tells the sisters that they have searched the surrounding houses and they are all abandoned. Nell and Eli sleep together several times and he finally knows that there is still electricity, internet, and order. He convinces Nell to go with him, but Eva chooses to remain behind. Nell briefly leaves but turns back after a home away from home, unwilling to leave Eva.

Reunited, the girls begin to do research on the plants in the forest and use it to collect berries and other edibles. One day, after Nell gets her period and realizes she is not pregnant, she encourages Eva to celebrate by getting drunk with her, and the two uses of their parents and Eva dances to music for the first time in half a year.

The following day Nell goes to collect berries while Eva stays behind and chops wood. She is approached by Stan, who rapes her and then steals the remaining gas they have. As a result, the girls become more reclusive, boarding up the house and refusing to go outside. Nell tries to help Eva with her depression, playing her a song and revealing that she had actually hidden some of the gas Stan did not take all of it.

Eventually Eva realizes she is pregnant, which helps to jolt her out of her depression. Though Nell encourages her to try to abort the baby, Eva insists on keeping it, saying that she does not want to lose anyone else. During her pregnancy Eva states that she’ll have a boy and Nell believes she’ll have a girl. The two bet on the gas, saying that whoever correctly predicts the baby’s gender will win the remaining gas.

During a storm several beams of the roof break and Eva begins to have contractions. The two sisters flee for a hollowed out stump that ounce served as their playhouse, where Eva gives birth to a baby boy. Returning to their now destroyed home, Eva decides to use her prize to burn-down the remains of the house, so that they will think they will die in a fire and they will be safe from stragglers.

Rescuing a few precious items, the sisters burn down the house and relocate to their new home, deep within the forest.


  • Ellen Page as Nell
  • Evan Rachel Wood as Eva
  • Max Minghella as Eli
  • Callum Keith Rennie and Robert (Dad)
  • Wendy Crewson as Mom
  • Michael Eklund as Stan
  • Sandy Sidhu as quiz woman
  • Jordana Largy as Margot
  • Bethany Brown as Gabs
  • Simon Longmore as Biker
  • Brittany Willacy as Gigi

Production and Release

Principal photography and production began on July 28, 2014. [3] The film premiered in the Special Presentation section at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015. [4] [1] Shortly after, A24 Film and DirecTV Cinema acquired US distribution rights to the film, it premiered on DirecTV before showing theaters. [5] In December 2015, the film was announced as part of TIFF’s annual Canada’s Top Ten Screening Series of the Best Canadian Film of the Year. [6] It was released theatrically in 15 theaters in Canada on June 3, 2016 and in the United States on July 29. [7]The film played for one week in 15 theaters where it was nearly $ 10k. [2]


Into the Forest receives positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes , the film has a rating of 77%, based on 44 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8 / 10. The site’s critical consensus reads, ” Into the Forest’s grounds relational apaintyptic framework with a relatable look at the bond between two sisters, compellingly brought to life by Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood.” [8] On Metacritic , the film holds a score of 59 out of 100, based on 18 reviews, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. [9]


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  2. ^ Jump up to:b “Into The Forest” . Mojo Box Office . Retrieved December 20, 2016 .
  3. Jump up^ “On The Set For 7/28/14: ‘Ted 2’ Starts For Universal Pictures, ‘The Greens Are Gone’ Wraps <SSN Insider . Archived from the original on 4 July 2017 . Retrieved 2 October 2014 .
  4. Jump up^ “Into the Forest” . 2015-07-24 . Retrieved 2015-09-19 .
  5. Jump up^ Fleming, Mike (2015-09-15). “DirecTV And A24 In Exclusive Negotiations For ‘Into The Forest’ At Toronto Fest” . Deadline . Retrieved 2015-09-19 .
  6. Jump up^ “TIFF Reveals Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival Line-up”. The Globe and Mail , December 8, 2015.
  7. Jump up^ “Ellen Page on Into the Forest’s intimate apocalypse” . CBC Radio . June 1, 2016 . Retrieved June 20, 2016 .
  8. Jump up^ “Into the Forest (2016)” . Rotten Tomatoes . Retrieved July 8, 2016 .
  9. Jump up^ “Into the Forest Reviews” . Metacritic . Retrieved July 8, 2016 .