I was able to have a great conversation with Cheryl Strayed, the author of the memoir that the film is based upon. I really loved the book, and I loved the movie. In our conversation, she talked about the process of getting the book optioned and also about how being a feminist informed her decision to take her hike.
Here’s what A.O. Scott said in his review in the NY Times:
“What makes its heroine worth caring about — what makes her a rare and exciting presence in contemporary American film — is not that she’s tidy or sensible or even especially nice. It’s that she’s free.”
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