After years of reckless, self-destructive behaviour – triggered by the death of her mother and culminating in the breakdown of her marriage – Cheryl Strayed finds herself at rock bottom, which means there is only one direction left to go.
Driven by determination and the desire to heal the pain of the past, Cheryl makes a rash decision. With no experience, a heavily overloaded backpack and a pair of ill-fitting boots, she embarks on the notoriously treacherous hike along the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.
An adaptation of Strayed’s bestselling memoir, Jean Marc Vallée’s WILD powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead in the face of adversity, on a journey that is both infuriating and strengthening – but ultimately healing.
Along with the bruises and broken nails comes acceptance and inner peace – and it is Strayed’s journey of self-discovery that lies at the heart of this inspirational and moving tale.
From self-forgiveness and letting go of the past, to conquering fear and overcoming self-doubt, Strayed’s struggles – while extreme – hold up a mirror to the everyday battles, roadblocks and forks-in-the-road we all encounter as we journey through life.
As Strayed discovers, it is not our past that defines us, nor some hallowed end goal, but the life choices we make along the way.
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