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Young brothers Tom and Benjamin travel to Sweden to spend their vacation with their estranged father, who they have barely seen since their parents divorced. Tom, the younger of the two, has a premonition that something bad will happen. Their strange and solitary father, who is unable to sleep, insists that Tom, like him, has a gift for feeling things which aren't quite normal. Tom's frightening visions set the stage for the bizarre and terrifying events to follow, when the three head to a house in a vast remote forest.
I don't agree with those who find the story line slow, or try to compare this film with Kubrick's "shining". This is a european film after all and european films only rarely handle their characters the way Hollywood does. In "shining" a father gets crazy and tries to kill his wife an sun. period! No further development of characters, all black and white, all it matters for a good horror movie is horror itself. In "dans la foret" we have a character who struggles and fights with his demons and in his desperation turns to his 6 years old son for help, a little boy, who having a special charisma can actually personalize his father's evil side. To a sentimentally intelligent viewer the "peace" the little boy offers to his father, a process which helps him too to get rid of his nightmares as it is illustrated in the end of the film is really heartbreaking and deeply human. Horror is part of the story but not its goal. I strongly recommend the film to the ones who like psychological thrillers based on human characters and not just horror. Especially the ones who never decided wheather their father has been an "devil" or an angel to them (for that was the case of the little "son" in the film) may shed a lot of tears in the end...
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