Small Screen Reviews
Leave No Trace Review
Sony Pictures Releasing
What’s It About?
A war veteran and his daughter eke out an existence by living off the land in a national park, but when they are discovered by the authorities, they are forced to leave their home and live alongside others, changing things forever.
Who’s In It?
Ben Foster (3:10 To Yuma, Hell Or High Water, & more recently Hostiles)
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies, The Changeover)
Other notables include: Dale Dickey (Winter’s Bone, Iron Man 3, Hell Or High Water)
Director: Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone)
Eight years after the impressive Winter’s Bone, which introduced us to the remarkable talent that is Jennifer Lawrence, director Debra Granik has returned.
Her latest film, Leaves No Trace, follows a war veteran who is living off the land in a national park with his teenage daughter. Clearly affected by his experiences in the war, Will is not an aggressive man or psychotic man, but rather someone who does not want to integrate back into society, and wants to protect his young daughter from the pitfalls of modern life as well. Think Captain Fantastic, but with less comedy.
While Will and his daughter Tom have a well rehearsed daily routine, their lives are soon thrown out of kilter when Tom is spotted by a hiker and social services are called in. The pair are set up in a home with a job, but it is all too much for Will who wants to leave at the earliest opportunity. While Tom is getting a taste for a normal life, she opts to go with him, but when they are forced to take shelter in an Oregan RV community, Tom puts her foot down, and their lives are changed forever.
Debra Granik has delivered yet another thoughtful, moving and thought-provoking film with a wonderful understated performance from the mesmerising Ben Foster as the army vet, but it is his daughter, played by Thomasin Harcout McKenzie, who absolutely steals the film as her sheltered Tom is gradually seduced by a life with new possibilities and opportunities.
In A Nutshell:
An affecting, powerful and thought-provoking drama with two quite incredible central performances from Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie.
Ben Foster is superb, but the sublime youngster Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie steals it
A slow, deliberate thought-provoking script
Release date: 05/11/2018