Leave No Trace (2018)

Leave No Trace (2018)

The Amazing Successor to Winter's Bone

The Very Best

8.6

Movie

Canada, United States of America
English
Drama, Mystery
2018
DEBRA GRANIK, FEMALE DIRECTOR
Alyssa McKay, Art Hickman, Ayanna Berkshire
109 min

What it's about

A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.

The take

Leave No Trace is the amazing new movie from the director of Winter's Bone, Debra Granik. It's the story of a father and his daughter who live completely off the grid in a national park in Portland, and their quiet quest to not be separated and remain off the grid. It's not the sensational, tear-jerker story that you'd expect something with this premise to be. Rather, and like Winter's Bone, it chooses a humane and realistic approach to the subject matter. The decision to live outside society is almost irrelevant to this movie. More so, its inevitability for certain people with certain mindsets is what is interesting. A stunningly quiet movie, really well-acted too.

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