Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

DVD - 2018
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Will and his teenage daughter, Tom, 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.

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brokenarrow62
Dec 08, 2018

Very good movie, acting was original and believable.

JCLIanH Dec 04, 2018

This is very much a coming of age story (anchored by the remarkable Thomasin McKenzie who, god-willing, will get the same kind of rub from this film that Jennifer Lawrence did from Winter's Bone) about a young person wanting to live a normal life. The only thing McKenzie's Tom wants is stability that her father (played by a totally locked-in Ben Foster) cannot give her, and that central conflict is riveting.

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hammer59
Dec 02, 2018

Fascinating and moving story of a loving father and his daughter simply trying to live off the grid while being bombarded by the socio-economic/legal system trying to get them to conform to current social expectations. The portrayal of the kind and gentle souls who the daughter later comes to embrace (also living outside of society's "norm") is one of the sweetest and enduring ideas and it justifies this wonderful and very complex film. Highly recommended!

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soundspace
Nov 08, 2018

A slow paced film I have mixed feelings about. The story takes us in the lives of a father and daughter that live in the wilderness and the struggles of adapting to dramatic changes when they try to adapt to societal norms of living. My issue is that we never really get to understand the backstory of these characters and their lives before we joined their journey. There are clear hints of what the father is suffering from, but we never get much deeper into it. Having said that, the acting is well done and wouldn't surprise me to see get awards.
The ending was very emotional for me. I feel that the writer-director has left important messages on life and the open ended nature of the ending also leaves room for different interpretations.

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greatflicks
Nov 08, 2018

This was a very good movie, most people will enjoy it. Those that like a lot of T&A or violence may not want to see it.

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gwquality63
Oct 31, 2018

The idea was realistic and the acting was good. I have never heard of found homeless people being given so much to get back on their feet. An actual house to live in and all the amenities paid for. That was a bit unrealistic. It was also very interesting that he did not like when someone actually invited him to stay, but had no problem just inviting himself into someone else's property. He basically was breaking and entering and steeling when he could have jus stayed in a house where he was welcome. However, if you are given that and you are a parent it would be very selfish to not put your child's needs over yours. I understand the father was mentally traumatized in this case. This is why he should have seeked out that kind of help and allowed his daughter to flourish.

JCLS_Medford_Fiction Oct 31, 2018

This film had a quietness to it reflected in its natural Oregon setting and its main characters (a father and a daughter). I easily became invested in what happened to them. But, it is not one to watch if you're sleepy.

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voisjoe1_0
Oct 31, 2018

Ben Foster plays a father who is unable to cope in the society of other humans leading him to live in the wilderness with his teenage daughter, completely shutoff from contact except for occasional trips for food and provisions. His daughter, becomes increasingly intrigued with relating to other humans, leading to a differing value of social relationships.

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steve1111
Oct 28, 2018

"Leave No Trace" undoubtedly brings little new to the cinema however I enjoyed this movie despite its over-simplification. Writing team has connection to "Winter's Bone" which is superior and well worth seeking out. Also "Leave No Trace" has more than a few similarities with "Captain Fantastic."

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smokee_0
Oct 27, 2018

Movie was excellent, but the extra with the bunnies was most memorable. Like the movie, it was about trust.

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jimg2000
Oct 27, 2018

Ending song as credit rolls: We share a star
I wandered
This world, green and wild
And the things in my mind
Are like a red sun go down
Oh, and I
I know you must go
And I think I know why
But I don't know why
Still I am thinking We both
share a moon And a star
May you be safe
May we both find a place
With a heart
Here
Where treasures abound
In the things I have found
A leaf, a song
Come from above
In the wood
Where secrets crawl
Be it so small a place
A home, a dream, my own
There'll be a tree
That joins you and me
From afar
And I am certain We all
share a moon And a star

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jimg2000
Oct 27, 2018

Where were you guys headed?
-I don't think we knew where we were going.
Where do you live? Where's your home?
-With my dad.
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I leave this out for someone who lives up in the woods. Haven't seen him
in years, but I know he gets the food 'cause when I come back, the bag is always empty.
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These people, they're not that different from us.
-Yes, they've been very good to us, but we have to...
You! You need. Not me. The same thing that's wrong with you isn't wrong with me.

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jimg2000
Oct 27, 2018

Where were you?
-With my dad in the park.
So you're homeless then?
-No.
Why else would you be living in the woods? If you had a home, they wouldn't have brought you here.
-They just don't understand that it was my home.
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You dress up, show up on Sunday, people will believe certain things about you.
-Then they don't ask so many questions about our lives?
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I think it might be easier on us if we try to adapt.
-We're wearing their clothes. We're in their house. We're... We're eating their food. We're doing their work. We have adapted. The only place we can't be seen is in this house.
-We can still think our own thoughts. Like you said.
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What if the kids at school think I'm strange 'cause of the way
we were living?
-How important are their judgments?

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