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Leave No Trace (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Leave No Trace takes an effectively low-key approach to a potentially sensationalistic story -- and further benefits from brilliant work by Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie.

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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.

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Dana Millican
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[Director Debra Granik] focuses on the humanity of the characters without ever judging them.

December 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Granik's star-making instincts are as sharp as ever.

September 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Occasionally uplifting and sometimes heartbreaking, it is nothing less than sublime.

July 23, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Debra Granik directs with a touch that's as gentle on the audience as bees are to Tom. There is not a move, cut, sound, or deliberate stretch of silence that in some way doesn't advance and inform the plot.

July 13, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It covers difficult ground, but to say it leaves no trace would be a lie. It definitely makes its mark.

July 13, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Leave No Trace might be described in social terms as a film about homelessness, but it never loses sight of the fact that what makes a home is the privacy people need to connect with each other.

July 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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½

Hmmm, it *has* been a while since I've felt An Emotionâ¢.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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½

Focusing on a young lady (the astounding Thomasin McKenzie) who is so devoted to her father (Ben Foster) that she lives with him in the woods outside of Portland, Oregon, this is about as subtle and delicate a film about those who live outside the accepted norms as you are like ever to see, while remaining brutal and raw as truth is wont to be. Powerful storytelling here, master class stuff. Don't miss it.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Almost like a heartwarming answer to the bleak brutality of Winter's Bone, here is a delicate and touching daughter-father drama whose main strength comes from the complexity of its characters, who behave like real-life people do and are brilliantly played by Thomasin McKenzie and Ben Foster.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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