LEAVE NO TRACE (PG)
LEAVE NO TRACE (PG)
Run time: 109 Mins
Director: Debra Granik
Cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Dickey, Jeff Kober
Synopsis: A father and his 13 year old daughter are living in an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever.
Hotly tipped to be one of the films of the year LEAVE NO TRACE, is the latest haunting film from Debra Granik (the Academy Award®-nominated Winter’s Bone, Stray Dog, Down to he Bone), a moody, mysterious and mesmerizing exploration of an unexpected existence on the edge. A teenage girl – breakout newcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie – and her father Ben Foster – Hell or High Water, 2016; Hostiles, 2017; 3.10 to Yuma, 2007 – have lived undetected off-the-grid for years in Forest Park, a vast woods on the edge of Portland, Oregon. A chance encounter leads to their discovery and removal from the park and into the charge of a social service agency. They try to adapt to their new surroundings, until a sudden decision sets them on a perilous journey into the wilderness seeking complete independence and forcing them to confront their conflicting desire to be part of a community and fierce need to live apart. Based on the novel “My Abandonment” by Peter Rock with stunning cinematography by Michael McDonough and an atmospheric score from Dickon Hinchcliffe – both of who worked on Winter’s Bone (2010)
Ben Foster as Will – a war veteran suffering from PTSD – gives a stunning performance of tender realism as the father trying to protect his teenage daughter Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) from ‘normal society’ and find a place where they can truly belong.
The outstandingly talented Thomasin McKenzie gives an unforgettable performance.
Director Debra Granik makes a long-awaited comeback with this sensitive and emotionally powerful film that explores fatherhood, trauma and belonging with a good natured, beautiful spirit.
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