In 1995, a troubled young woman named Cheryl Strayed decided to hike over a 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in order to find herself. On the way, she encountered a variety of challenges, setbacks and obstacles, many of which are re-created by film-maker Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) in this episodic wilderness drama. Punctuated by a series of flashback sequences, the film finds Strayed haunted by previous events, including the death of her beloved mother and the years of self-destructive behaviour that followed. The story is imbued with an appealing sense of authenticity, using handheld cameras and natural light to evoke what the real Strayed experienced on her travels.
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern
Director Jean-Marc Vallée
Running time 110 min
Date of event:15th October 2015