A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
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 film is directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini.Written by
The film makes some major deviations from the plot of the novel that inspired it. Author Peter Rock said that "a lot of the things they did were frustrating and mystifying to me," but he did like the final film. See more »
After the truck driver picks them up and is driving on a back road, he declares something like "we're now in Washington". They were clearly in the western half of the state (heavily forested), but it's not possible to go from Oregon to Washington in the western half without crossing the Columbia River, and they didn't go over a bridge. See more »
An excellent naturalistic drama, with outstanding dialogue and some great performances to boot.
Although it feels generally slow-moving and takes a while to really get going, 'Leave No Trace' is a thoroughly compelling, realistic drama that expertly explores the father-daughter dynamic. The exposition-less script is refreshing, allowing the audience to actually think for themselves about the lives of the characters and how they got to where they are at the beginning of the film. All of the dialogue feels entirely natural (a testament to both the screenwriters and the actors) and this, combined with the subtle, yet nuanced direction, gives the film an almost documentary type feel, which fully compels the viewers to engage with the lives and central relationship of the protagonists. 7/10.
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