Leave No Trace
Director
Debra Granik
Writer
Screenplay by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini. Based on "My Abandonment" by Peter Rock
Actors
Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey, Dana Millican, David Pittman, Bob Werfelman, Isaiah Stone, Michael J. Prosser, Derek John Drescher, Susan Chernik, Ryan Joiner, Alyssa Lynn, Derek Carmon, Tamera Westlake, Jacob Johnson, Erik McGlothlin, Marisa Anderson, Michael Hurley, Spencer S. Hanley, Peter Simpson, Michael Draper, Zoë Dotson, Art Hickman, Jeffery Rifflard, Ayanna Berkshire
Runtime
1 h 50 min
Release Date
29 June 2018
Genres
Drama
Overview
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.
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LEAVE NO TRACE

A perfect Father, Will (Ben Foster, Hell or High Water, Hostiles), suffering from PTSD, supplies everything necessary for his daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKensie), except a home.  They live happily homeless in a Portland, Oregon park (Eagle Fern Park) until raided.  Daughter and Father are “captured” by Social Workers and are generously given all tools necessary to live in society, but Dad still can’t cope and they take off to Washington State.

Leave No Trace suffering from PTSD

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Father & daughter find a high-end homeless camp (trailers & gas) with supportive people but Dad’s PTSD stills haunts the family.  Gets slow and aimless at times (although they are also aimless) but the movie makes a great effort to show one more reason why the homeless issue is quite complex.  The love between the daughter and Father is real and makes any decision in this film more intense.

The director Debra Granik also directed and co-wrote Winter’s Bone (along with Anne Rosellini) the movie that introduced Jennifer Lawrence.  This woman, Thomasin Harcourt McKensie, is being touted as the next Jennifer Lawrence.

Ms. Harcourt McKenzie has several movies nearing release in September/October 2019.  Those movies include, The King, Jojo Rabbit, and True History of the Kelly Gang; films still in production are The Last Night in Sojo and Lost Girls.   Keep an eye on Thomasin Harcourt McKensie, it will be interesting to see if she can develop into a Jennifer Lawrence type actress.

Image from the movie "Leave No Trace" Leave No Trace suffering from PTSD

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Leave No Trace is worth watching if you are ready to have some compassion for those suffering from PTSD.

 

 

 

The Biggest Spoiler: The Ending
The daughter continues to live in the high-end homeless camp, and she lets her Father go live in the woods; she supplies him with food by hanging it in the tree.

 

Movie Details

Director
Debra Granik
Writer
Screenplay by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini. Based on "My Abandonment" by Peter Rock
Actors
Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey, Dana Millican, David Pittman, Bob Werfelman, Isaiah Stone, Michael J. Prosser, Derek John Drescher, Susan Chernik, Ryan Joiner, Alyssa Lynn, Derek Carmon, Tamera Westlake, Jacob Johnson, Erik McGlothlin, Marisa Anderson, Michael Hurley, Spencer S. Hanley, Peter Simpson, Michael Draper, Zoë Dotson, Art Hickman, Jeffery Rifflard, Ayanna Berkshire
Runtime
1 h 50 min
Release Date
29 June 2018
Genres
Drama
Overview
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.

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