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Forest for the Trees (1998)

Stressed out law student Zach McAllister takes a five day bicycle trip through the peaceful autumn woods of Western Maryland with his wife, his lover, and his lover's boyfriend. Not exactly... See full summary »

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Jonathan Slade

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Jonathan Slade
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Patrick Egan Patrick Egan ... Zach McAllister
Mandy Kriss Mandy Kriss ... Marianne McAllister
Christine Armand Christine Armand ... Casey
Michael Egan Michael Egan ... Eric
Kate Fitzmaurice Kate Fitzmaurice ... Lori
Madeline Mann Madeline Mann ... Lena
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Stressed out law student Zach McAllister takes a five day bicycle trip through the peaceful autumn woods of Western Maryland with his wife, his lover, and his lover's boyfriend. Not exactly the getaway vacation he planned. Along the way, they encounter everything you'd expect on a camping trip - rain, infidelity, and the realization that a truly healthy relationship is just about impossible to find. Written by Jonathan Slade

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Life is like riding a bicycle. As long as you keep pedaling, you won't fall down.

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25 July 1998 (USA) See more »

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Cumberland, Maryland, USA See more »

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A post-college group of friends bike and camp through western Maryland, and learn more about themselves, each other, and where their lives may be headed next.
4 December 2015 | by nikolatzenovSee all my reviews

Forest for the Trees, an American independent film written and directed by professor Jonathan Slade, follows the short adventure of several friends bicycling through Western Maryland as one final getaway after college and before they head off to face life. They soon learn however, that life has already arrived for many of them, and they each have a struggle to face and overcome in their own way.

The cinematography is solid, providing good framing and unique shot variety; combined with natural lighting, the shots lend themselves visually to the narrative unfolding. The audio quality lacks at times, but nothing to the point of ruining the film. Slade presents each character in a unique but believable way, each having a struggle that most young adults will or can relate to. Ultimately, Forest for the Trees is a great example of a realistically written and well-shot American independent film that even almost 20 years later relevantly examines struggles relatable to young post-college adults.


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