Monday, January 23, 2012

The Backwoods (2006)

In the summer of 1978 Londoners Norman, his wife Lucy, friend Paul and his wife Isabel take a holiday trip to Spain for the weekend in the quiet and remote woods, settling into the house that belonged to Paul's grandmother. Their vacation starts out fine, until while out hunting Paul and Norman see an abandoned cabin in the forest. In it they find a young girl, dirty and imprisoned with disfigured hands. So they take her back to the house to feed and clean her up, thinking they should tell the police, knowing that whoever left her there will sooner or later come looking for her. The local villagers come by and ask if they've seen the girl, to which Paul denies it. So he decides to help the villagers with their search so he knows for sure that they'll leave. The film is okay at first but it doesn't give you any explanation about the girl, why she is deformed or why she's locked up in the house; so basically no back story to The Backwoods. Only thing that is worth watching in this cliched and confusing mess is Gary Oldman. Starring Gary Oldman, Virginie Ledoyen, Paddy Considine, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón 6/10

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