Into the Forest

Synopsis: In a world that is increasingly dependent on electricity, a power outage seems like an awful predicament. Mankind is using electricity for the past 140 years, but still, we can't imagine ourselves living in a world deprived of electricity. In such a difficult and dreary situation found themselves a father and his two daughters, after a seemingly normal power outage lingered on, changing the lives of everyone in the region. What was the reason for this outage? Is it regional, or does it affect the whole country? No one really knows and as time passes, the family will have to put to the test its survival skills, adaptability and endurance, but most of all, the integrity of the familial bonds.
Director(s): Patricia Rozema
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
101 min


How are you?

Yeah, I'm okay, how are you?

You're making fun of my accent.

I'm not!

We interrupt

tonight's programming

to report a massive power outage

up and down the west coast.

What is a fugue state?

It's like a kind of amnesia

that lasts a long time.

A fugue state:

When amnesia continues for

an extended period of time,

the amnesiac occasionally

begins a new life

entirely unrelated to

his previous condition.

This response is called

a fugue state.


Why don't I have a signal?

Music on!

Power on!


Power on!

What about the solar?


When does that inverter come in?

Four weeks ago.

I'll ask again next time

I'm in town.

My sat's are on Thursday!

I need to study.

Ah, there is an ancient


you may have heard of it.

It's called "books".

Stuff changes every day.

Let's light some candles,

sweet pea.

I'm just right in the middle.

Can we throw some gas

in the generator?

Yeah, dad.

Eva needs her music.

We can't deprive her

of her dancing.

Okay, there's no water, either.

When are you girls going to

get used to living up here?

When you finish fixing

the house.

Lights on.

Come on, captain consumers.

Time to hunt and gather

some fossil fuels.

Oh, sh*t!

Oh, sh*t, sh*t, sh*t!

I'm so sorry...

I came out to get the head lamp

and I must have left it open.

It's alright.

I'm such a dink.

I'm so sorry!

It's okay,

I got another battery.

Okay, turn it over.


We think it happened

at the power plant

where there was a problem.

The emergency systems took

over and essentially

shut the plant down.

That then triggered shut-downs

across the power grid,

and we are hearing

that that grid didn't have

the capacity to deal with

that problem,

so it shut itself down

and that was sort of

the link being broken.

We still are waiting to hear

from officials to find out

what was the exact cause...

There are many rumors,

some suggest a terrorist

targeting our power supply...

It seems

at least 300 million people

are now without power.

Back up generators...

No word yet...

Millions are still

without power.

No subways, elevators,


So if vaccine refrigeration

is of particular concern

in the capital...

has asked everyone to stay home.

Boil your water and

conserve your food...

Should we just walk?

It would take you three days,


And how would we carry

the gas back?

Maybe someone will pick us up.

And if they don't,

or they won't?

We'll stay in town.


And pay for a hotel with what,


We can just sell Eva.

That'll get you a can of spam.

What is spam, exactly?

Mind this.

There is actually a spam museum.

The Guggenheim.

One, dad.



What's up?

There's nothing.

Is the volume on?


What about the battery?

It's solar.

You're gonna pass with flying

colors, pumpkin.

You have to say that

because you're my father.


But I'm also right.

You could be president of

the entire universe.

I just want to know that

I could have got in.

I know.


Light bulb.

Okay, give me your shoelaces.




Careful, dad.

Oh my god!


The Johnson's left their home.

That's weird.

So, uh... are you

gonna see your...

Friends again?

Yeah, we'll see who's there.


So fast.

Sorry I gotta ask you this...

You got money, yeah?

Yes sir, I do, sir.

And your big box membership

card is all paid up to date?

Of course.

I mean, who could refuse

the opportunity to pay

for the right to shop.


Well, we can't be too careful.

A crisis like this doesn't

always bring out

the best side of people.

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Patricia Rozema

Patricia Rozema (born August 20, 1958) is a Canadian film director, writer and producer. She was part of a loosely-affiliated group of filmmakers to emerge in 1980s from Toronto known as the Toronto New Wave. more…

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