Leave No Trace


Review: A father and is teenage daughter live an ideal existence in the forests of Portland, Oregon. A small mistake derails their lives forever and are both put into social services. Unable to settle they both set off on a harrowing journey back to the wild.
Director: Debra Granik
Actors: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Michael Draper, Peter Simpson, Dana Millican, Jeff Kober and Spencer S. Hanley
Year: 2018
Genre: Drama
Conclusion: 5/5
Adapted from Peter Rock’s novel My Abandonment. From the same director who directed the fabulous Winter’s Bone (2010). I felt that this did have similarities to Captain Fantastic (2016). Both of the performances were really strong but it was Thomasin McKenzie that led the film all the way through. I do hope we get to see much more of her in the future. I did actually believe in both of their characters. Once Ben Foster signed onto the film, he and Debra Granik worked together to remove around 40% of the dialogue. This was to make the film feel more realistic. This is about a father and daughter relationship. Mark Kermode has called this the best film of 2018. 


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