//Revelation Film Festival Review//
If you've ever gone camping you'll know the feeling of tranquillity and stillness that comes with sitting nestled amongst the trees away from the noise. For war veteran Will (Ben Forster), who suffers from PTSD, leaving the noise behind is a necessity not a respite. Living with his daughter, Tom (Thomasin McKenzie), in an urban park in Portland, Oregon, their lives are uprooted when social services mandate their return to society.
The most surprising thing about Leave No Trace is how it reveals itself to be an unlikely coming of age story. While Will believes living off the grid is in the best interest of his daughter, the change in circumstances complicates Tom's feelings. Her transformation from being her father's daughter to someone able to make her own decisions leads to some heart-wrenching scenes where she stands up to Will as an equal. Like Jennifer Lawrence before her, Granik has made another find in Thomasin McKenzie, who is certainly one to watch.
Leave No Trace (2018) 720p YIFY Movie
Leave No Trace (2018)
Leave No Trace is a movie starring Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, and Jeffery Rifflard. A father and his thirteen year-old daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails...
IMDB: 7.79 Likes
- Genre: Drama |
- Quality: 720p
- Size: 922.76M
- Resolution: 1280*800 / 23.976 fpsfps
- Language: English
- Run Time: 108
- IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
- MPR: Normal
- Peers/Seeds: 12 / 136
The Synopsis for Leave No Trace (2018) 720p
Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), 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. The film is directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini.
The Director and Players for Leave No Trace (2018) 720p
The Reviews for Leave No Trace (2018) 720p
Leave No Trace leaves a markReviewed byDJKwaVote: 8/10
//Revelation Film Festival Review//
I really liked the style of this movie. Nothing is ever explained, and little is even said, but the plot is sort of inferred from peoples actions. The atmosphere is also perfect, very vivid in it's capture of different environments.
Now here's why I didn't like it very much. This is going to be kind of a spoiler, so stop reading here if you haven't seen it.
So, the *storytelling* is great, but I found the actual story to be unrealistic. Every time the characters encounter the outside world, even the grittier parts of it, they find it to be warm and welcoming. I think the writers did this so as not to distract from the real reason the father went off-grid; but it just comes off as totally contrived. Like it's one thing to have some unusual characters, but its just everybody. Nobody behaves in a realistic way; everyone's just ..too nice.
My second problem is with the girl. Supposedly she's been raised in the woods for a long time, with just her dad and a couple of damp textbooks; but inexplicably whenever she finds herself in a social situation, shes perfectly well adjusted and shows no difficulty. It's a feel good moment when the girl meets a boy or an old woman, and just instantly makes a connection with them and has a nice conversation; but really?? Being in the woods for years had no effect on her?? It just doesn't make any sense.
Basically they portray this totally intense situation; but inexplicably it doesn't seem to have any psychological effect on the characters. This made it very hard to *believe* anything that happened.
The last time talented filmmaker Debra Granik stepped behind the camera she delivered fantastic results with the Oscar nominated 2010 film Winter's Bone, a haunting dramatic thriller that launched the career of now megastar Jennifer Lawrence.
It's taken 8 year's for Granik to come back to the director's chair for a feature film and with her adaptation of Peter Rock's book My Abandonment, Leave No Trace allows Granik to showcase once more that she's a director of note, even if Trace leaves a little to be desired as a cold but well-acted and shot tale of a father looking for a way for himself and his teenage daughter to live outside of the norms of society.
At the time of writing, Trace holds an incredible 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes after 190 reviews, making it one of the best reviewed movies of not only 2018 but the last few year's and it's not hard to see why, as the film would be hard to hate thanks to Granik's stoic work behind the camera and the impressive performances of stars Ben Foster as PTSD suffering father Will and relative newcomer Thomasin McKenzie as Will's daughter Tom.
The problem with Trace is it's a hard film to fall in love with, Will in particular as a character is a hard person to agree with, as his constant refusal to allow himself and Tom to live a normal life or a life that offers more than suffering in freezing conditions camping in the wilderness becomes more insufferable as the runtime wears one and Tom herself begins to understand that her lifestyle and upbringing isn't all it could be as her needs and wants begin to change.
It's certainly not a far-fetched example of one broken human trying to come to terms with their condition and find a way to live but it doesn't make it any more tolerable, holding the film back from its other more noteworthy elements.
As she did with Lawrence's turn in Winter's Bone, Granik unearths a fantastic turn from young McKenzie who steals the show from the always solid Foster. Tom is a considerate, balanced and thoughtful soul and McKenzie does a brilliant job of examining her role in the story. It's the type of performance that suggests the young actress will have a bright future in the industry should she indeed continue to be involved in the system.
Final Say -
A slowly paced and fuss-free affair, Leave No Trace is a solid return to the feature film landscape for Granik that includes a great performance from its young star but it's a cold and stoic drama that fails to reach any grand emotional connections.
3 hide and seek drills out of 5