In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.
Ben and Leslie Cash live largely off the grid with their offspring -- Bodevan, Kielyr, Vespyr, Rellian, Zaja and Nai -- in a cabin in the mountains of Washington state. The parents have passed their socialist and survivalist ideals to their children. Ben considers most of Western society to be fascist, especially corporate America. He also believes that no one will or should be there for you, so you'd better learn how to take care of yourself. As such, the children have been subject to vigorous physical training; know how to deal with minor bumps, bruises, cuts, sprains, and even fractures; and know how to hunt, forage, and grow their own food. The children are also non-registered home schooled, meaning that they have no official academic records. Ben and Leslie have tried to make the children critical thinkers, however, within the context of their ideals. Beyond these issues, Ben and Leslie made the decision to live this lifestyle for Leslie's health. Formerly an attorney, Leslie was...Written by
The outdoor scenes at the beginning are from the North Cascades in Whatcom County, northern Washington state. The big glaciated peak behind the family meditation scene is Mt. Shuksan, east of Mt. Baker. See more »
The college acceptance letters that Bo receives in July 2015 all invite him to join the Class of 2016. Assuming he applied to start college in the Fall of 2015, there are two obvious errors with these letters. First, Ivy League-type colleges usually accept students in late-March or early-April, so receiving letters in July is unlikely. Second, even if the timing wasn't a problem, the Class identified in the letters is wrong; Bo would be in the Class of 2019 if he started in the Fall of 2015. See more »
[family gathers around the slain deer]
Today, the boy is dead. And in his place... is a man.
[rips off a bloody bite of the offered morsel]
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Goldberg Variations; BWV 988, Variation 25 A 2 Clav.: Adagio
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged and Performed by Glenn Gould
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing and CCS Rights Management See more »
Finally. A movie with creativity, originality, hope and ideals...
... that also entertains.
In a sea of sequels, prequels, universes and JJ Abrams remakes Hollywood indeed comes up with something that makes you think, laugh and cry. I enjoyed it and feel that there is some creativity left out there.
Good directing, good acting and really enjoyed the food for thought.
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