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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JohnnyTooGood
May 02, 2019

Her father on the edge of a mental breakdown, a courageous young woman yearns for a more stable and normal life. Great acting and well grounded in realism.

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empbee
May 01, 2019

Beautiful scenery, difficult mental health issues. A lovely father-daughter relationship ending in a not necessarily negative way.
A good psychological study of individual post traumatic needs.

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Lori2486E
Apr 22, 2019

Really good movie! wasn't expecting to enjoy it like I did. Didn't really like the ending, felt like they couldve done a bit more. but overall worth the watch.

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Nooksack20
Apr 19, 2019

Slow but interesting low budget movie about a social outcast father who drags his guilt ridden daughter through a miserable life in the woods. She is guilty only of wanting to please him and keep their small family together regardless of the misery.

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Byond
Apr 17, 2019

From a novel inspired by a true story. It is the true story quality that pervades the movie. Small budget movies need to be able to appeal to an audience, which might evoke the word 'pander'. 'Henry, the Serial Killer' or 'Night of the Living Dead' feed fear. Some others might feed love or hope; these might find an audience, even though they are dishonest and manipulative.
Stories of people coping with the difficulties of society's constraints are staples of foreign films, more than domestics. Even our domestic family drama's seem to feature people living pretty comfortably.
Films like this one engage interest because the characters and situation touch us in our reality, rather that take us away from it.
The young girl here is a standout; perhaps she'll catch some of what Jennifer Lawrence caught. But all hands are excellent. It's a mark of something that one can't really identify a bad guy here.

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Alsvid
Apr 11, 2019

Another great movie by director Debra Granik. "Winter's Bone" is her most famous movie. "Down to the Bone" and "Stray Dog" are also good. Her movies won't play well among viewers highly attuned to comic book based movies. Anyone expecting their stars to be wearing lycra should look elsewhere.

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Courier2003
Apr 07, 2019

Where did the money come from to live in the forest, shop for groceries. and ride the bus? Tuff life for young daughter.

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chriscoleman
Mar 28, 2019

Not even watchable. Plays like a really bad home movie in the woods.

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mimcmimc
Mar 22, 2019

An exceptional film. Beautifully photographed, acting so good it felt like a documentary as the performances were pitch perfect. But the feelings the film evoked ... melancholy and hope, beauty and sadness and as young actress thomasina says in an interview, a movie about the good in people. Such a pleasure to watch, can’t recommend it highly enough.

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GJP_Salomon04
Mar 21, 2019

Interesting movie. There was a very strange but beautiful relationship between the Father and his daughter. It was very deep and real, but I feel like their mutual and physical situation, as well as the father's PTSD, could have been explained a bit better towards the end. Because of this, I sort of got the impression that the father was a jerk for not attending to his daughter's needs. However, this film is very life-acurate. I really liked how the main characters acted when they were around normal citizens, showing what a lonely environment can do to people. The scenery was amazing as well. There was a bit of a pacing issue during the last location the father and daughter went to. It was a good film, but I'm kind of confused why it has 100% on rotten tomatoes. I don't think I'm interested in rewatching it, but I really enjoyed it and it's definitely worth checking out.

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Courier2003
Dec 19, 2018

FATHER AND DAUGHTER ON THE RUN

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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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Feb 28, 2019

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