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.
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.
Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.
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 newspaper clipping that Tom finds in her father's "important papers" bag was not created as a prop for this movie; it was a real news article titled "A Unit Stalked by Suicide, Trying to Save Itself" by Dave Phillips, which was one of the above-the-fold front-page articles in the New York Times on Sunday, September 20, 2015. The article was about a single Marine unit (the Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, aka the 2/7) that after returning from deployment in Afghanistan experienced a very high rate of suicide among its veterans. It is never explained in the movie whether the glimpse of this article is meant to imply that Will actually was a member of the 2/7, or if he just kept the article because it related to his PSTD and related medical situation. See more »
Will places the analog TV set in his closet, and there is a dish antenna on the house's roof, showing it worked, putting the time at before 2009. While Will and Tom are getting a ride, the truck driver states that marijuana is legal, which was not true in Oregon until 2015. 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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