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WILD is based on the autobiographical bestseller by Cheryl Strayed, a woman who decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail on her own as a way to recover from a recent life crisis. The trail runs along from southern California to the mountains of ...


This film is a beautifully shot film about self-discovery. It is based on the autobiographical bestseller WILD by Cheryl Strayed and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (DALLAS BYERS CLUB) and adapted by Nick Hornby (ABOUT A BOY). It tells the story of a young woman spiraling out of control after the death of her beloved mother. She decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, from southern California to the northern Oregon. She walks 2000 kilometres solo and encounters every type of weather imaginable. We meet Cheryl, played by Reese Witherspoon, at the start of her journey as she is packing her enormous backpack in a hotel room. In it she has everything she’ll need, actually too much. The first days are dusty and arduous, her cooker doesn’t work properly and there is no soul in sight. Bit by bit Cheryl’s backstory is revealed: the death of her mother, her drug addiction, sexual excesses, and all the events that lead to her to embark on a long wilderness walk to cleanse herself of grief and suffering. The story is told at a leisurely pace, a hiking pace one could say. There are bigger events like her encounter with two threatening hunters or the day when she ran out of water; or smaller stuff like a nice hot cup of tea with breakfast or a travel companion for a day.

Toni Ohms


USA 2014, 116 min
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Author: Nick Hornby, Cheryl Strayed
DOP: Yves Bélanger
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Charles Baker, Michiel Huisman, Brian Van Holt, Gaby Hoffmann, Kevin Rankin, Thomas Sadoski
FSK: 12
Release: 15.01.2015




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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