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Directed by Adam MacDonald

  • Canada 2014; 91 min
  • Original version: English
  • Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Drama


Hyper-busy executive Jenn (Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue) and her sporadically employed boyfriend Alex (Jeff Roop) are preparing to take a break from the big city for a few days of camping and communing with the wilderness. But when they have an unsettling encounter with Brad (Eric Balfour), a strange guy wandering through the woods alone, Alex decides to take an impromptu detour — one that leaves them at the mercy of the forest, and god knows what else.
The rugged Canadian landscape has been a recurring subject in our nation's art, literature, and cinema. In the early days of Canadian literature, nature was considered hostile and inhospitable, less for what it contained than for what it didn't (amenities, civilization, other people). This was followed by its cozily domesticated depiction as a source of self-discovery and family unity, and (in novels like Surfacing) as a blank canvas that dangerously left us to our own devices, its very emptiness loosing private demons long buried in our pasts. In recent years, however, nature has been increasingly rendered as ferociously red in tooth and claw, and few films have offered so sinister a vision as Adam McDonald's Backcountry, where everything — man, animal, the very trees themselves — seems aligned against the hapless lovers.



    Uwe Boll