LEAVE NO TRACE
Drama – 2018 – USA – 109 Minutes – Bleecker Street – PG
Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.
The best reviewed film of the summer is directed by Debra Granik (Academy Award nominated Writer & Director of WINTER’S BONE) from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini and based on the novel My Abandonment by Peter Rock.
Leave No Trace is a universal, unforgettable experience. – The Playlist
The first few minutes of Leave No Trace are as entrapping as the spider webs the camera notices in passing. They catch you up in a suspenseful wilderness tale that opens out to an urgent drama of conflict, beauty and growth. – Wall Street Journal
Fiercely involving in a way we’re not used to, made with sensitivity and honesty by director/co-writer Debra Granik, it tells its emotional story of a father and daughter living dangerously off the grid in a way that is unnerving and uncompromising yet completely satisfying. – Los Angeles Times
In its best moments, Leave No Trace invites you to simply be with its characters, to see and experience the world as they do. Empathy, the movie reminds you, is something that is too little asked of you either in life or in art. Both Mr. Foster’s and Ms. Harcourt McKenzie’s sensitive, tightly checked performances are critical in this regard. – New York Times
It’s a movie that will live with me for a long time. – The Guardian
Granik films with subtlety and quiet grace, but Leave No Trace explodes in the mind. – Village Voice
Leave No Trace is, at times, heartbreaking, but it’s also filled with glimpses of almost casual human kindness, throwaway moments of good will and inclusion piercing through what could be the bleakest of tales. – RogerEbert.com
Unlike the sometimes cornpone depictions of backwoods life in “Winter’s Bone,” the folksier moments here seem organic. – San Francisco Chronicle
Granik’s ability to convey so much about how a community works without didacticism is part of what made Winter’s Bone (which was set in the Ozarks) such a thrill to watch. While Leave No Trace is a more muted drama, it has a similarly firm grasp on its characters and the places they comes across. – The Atlantic