Eight Years after Debra Granik directed Winter’s Bone she returns with Leave No Trace. Her previous film earned her plaudits, Oscar nominations and was also a breakout performance for Jennifer Lawrence. In the latest film, a tale of survival for a father (Ben Foster) and his daughter (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie). They both live undetected, they both don’t exist.
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie looks like she could potentially follow the footsteps of Lawrence, with a fine breakout performance. This film feels very much in the style of Winter’s Bone, with the difference of the young girl doesn’t lack the father figure. Looks like a deeply moving story, Foster a sober, restrained father just wanting the best for his child.
This looks like a story of surviving the system that government here and in the USA forcing people who struggle forced to live…Unconventional.
LEAVE NO TRACE, is the latest haunting film from Debra Granik (the Academy Award®-nominated Winter’s Bone, Stray Dog, Down To The 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) have lived undetected 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.
Leave No Trace will be released in the UK, Ireland and the USA from 29 June. The film will make it’s UK Premiere at Sundance London Film Festival on 3rd June. The film also stars Dale Dickey and Jeff Kober.