Based on Cheryl Strayed’s New York Times Best Sellers memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, the film Wild premiered this weekend at the Telluride Film Festival.
Starring Reese Witherspoon in an already Oscar-buzzworthy performance, the film depicts Cheryl who hikes more than a thousands miles of Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) alone, after the death of her mother and a destructive addiction to heroine.
Tackled by merely a few notable hikers in the past, PCT is 2,633 miles long, covering California, Oregon and Washington. The route passes through twenty-five National Forests and seven National Parks. In the film, nature is a character playing a breathtaking role on its own as Director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) uses only natural light to capture the beauty of striking, panoramic landscapes.
In the film, Cheryl continuously draws inspiration from Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and James A. Michener then writes down momentous quotes in her journal.
In regards to her backpack, Witherspoon told The Oregonian:
Being in the movies for so many years, I thought, I’m not going to put anything in the backpack. … It pulls on your shoulders. It has a life of its own. I talked him down from 75 pounds to 60.
Wild is set to be released on December 5, 2014 in North America.