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The Backwoods Details


First-time 31-year-old director Koldo Serra's thriller The Backwoods (AKA El bosque de las sombras, 2006) re-charts thematic territory covered, in years prior, by such well-worn classics as Deliverance and Southern Comfort, and such B-grade horror pictures as Savage Island (2004). With their nuptials crumbling, a married couple from London in their early thirties, Norman (Paddy Considine) and Lucy (sensual Virginie Ledoyen of The Beach) opt to take some time out with a sojourn to northern Spain's Basque region, in the Pyrenees. They arrive at a renovated farmhouse run by Paul (Gary Oldman) and Isabel (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon) and are initially able to enjoy themselves, but the trip takes a decidedly ugly turn when Paul and Norman head out on a hunting expedition and discover a malformed, feral girl (an 'enfant sauvage') in a local cabin, apparently completely neglected. They transport her from the building in a sincere and honest attempt to help her, but only succeed in drawing forth the wrath of the savage and inbred local townspeople, who quake with rage at the thought of someone absconding with one of their own. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi


Paddy Considine
as Norman
Virginie Ledoyen
as Lucy
Gary Oldman
as Paul
Aitana Sanchez-Gijon
as Isabel
Lluís Homar
as Paco
Kandido Uranga
as Miguel
Alex Angulo
as Jose Andrés
Patxi Bisquert
as Jose Luis


Koldo Serra
Iker Monfort
Julio Fernández
Koldo Serra
Unax Mendia
Juanjo Gracia
Art Director
Jolyon Symonds
Pablo Mehler
Gavin Emerson
Guadalupe Balaguer
Associate Producer
Teresa Gefaell
Associate Producer
Julio Fernández
Executive Producer
Douglas Urbanski
Executive Producer
Iker Monfort
Executive Producer
Josune Lasa
Costume Designer
Spencer Eagles
Sound/Sound Designer
Pau Costa
Special Effects
Javier Jal
Special Effects
Ander Sistiaga
Line Producer
Jose Haro
Still Photographer
Katy Fray
Antonia Nava
Co-Executive Producer
Nacho Diaz
Makeup Special Effects
Nacho Royo-Villanova
Sound Editor
Oscar Del Monte
Makeup Special Effects
Walter Prieto
Assistant Director