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Leave No Trace movie review

Floored. A movie about nothing and everything at the same time.

As a father of a little girl, of course this movie resonates with me but I don't think you need to be a parent to fall deep into this.

I don't want to say much of the story other than it's about a father and daughter living off the grid. Heard from one movie-goer exiting the theatre, "what the hell was that?? Where was the story?" I've not seen a movie like this in some time (or ever) that better represents the type of film where "your mileage may vary." That being said, I don't see at all any way that someone could dislike this movie. I think people will either like it or love it. It's a very non-traditional way to tell a story. I loved how I got totally lost in it.

The performances are insanely good. I continue to be impressed with Ben Foster since Hell or High Water, but I for sure would love to see some Oscar recognition for Thomasin McKenzie who's breakthrough reminds me of Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone (which I only just found out was the same director, more from her please!). There's a few elements familiar with Into the Wild in this, but it's such a completely different set up and situation given the choices for why the characters are where they are. I can't wait to see McKenzie in her next roles, I hope the talent won't get wasted in some remake of Mean Girls or whatever. She deserves great screenplays like this one.

I love that there is no backstory, you're just watching this family exist, living off the land and surviving. The dynamic between father and daughter constantly framing everything you're witnessing. It's very powerful and especially honest. So honest and stunning. Not for the impatient.

I would see it again.

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Floored. A movie about nothing and everything at the same time.
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heruca replied the topic: #279571 10 Aug 2018 07:23
Thanks for bringing this movie to my attention. Looks interesting and different from the usual Hollywood fare. And it currently has a 100% rating from the critics on rottentomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com/m/leave_no_trace/
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Gregarius replied the topic: #279665 13 Aug 2018 13:40
Hooray, you saw it! Count me in the "loved it" category, although to be honest it was only "liked" fresh out of the theater. It took a while to sink in and resonate.

Now if only I could remember all of the things I wanted to say about it.

One of the things that struck me later were all of the contrasts. These two are opposites in almost every way, and yet they work well together and love each other. Obviously: male/female, old/young, father/daughter; but also: shy/outgoing, paranoid/adventurous, unchanging/developing, shrinking/growing.

The scene where the girl shows her dad the bees is so simple, and yet is encapsulates everything the whole movie is about. I also really loved the last line of the film, in such a powerful scene.
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ChristopherMD replied the topic: #279676 13 Aug 2018 15:48
This sounds kind of similar to The Survivalist, which was also a really good movie.
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Black Barney replied the topic: #279685 13 Aug 2018 18:17
Greg, was the line you're thinking of the...

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cuz yeah, that was brilliant.

I think the ending could have been a way better ending if they omitted an earlier scene...:

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Anyway, much like Hereditary, the movie felt fine when I walked out of the theatre, and then days later it would revisit me and I'd begin to pull back the layers. I love those kinds of movies.

Mad Dog, that Survivalist movie sounds amazing! But very different at the same time. Leave No Trace is much more a piece on modern society, and social work, and family. Survivalist sounds a ton darker but super tense and interesting. Survivalist also sounds like it has no clear protagonist but clear antagonists. Good luck finding the antagonists in Leave No Trace, that ain't easy :)
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Gregarius replied the topic: #279739 14 Aug 2018 11:40

Black Barney wrote: Greg, was the line you're thinking of the...

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cuz yeah, that was brilliant.

Actually, I was thinking of...
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But your line is equally good.
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Black Barney replied the topic: #279749 14 Aug 2018 13:23
yeah that whole conversation is epic, there's no bad lines nor, and more importantly, are there badly delivered lines.

Cuz yeah he basically realizes that she totally understands him.
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Deleted replied the topic: #279791 14 Aug 2018 18:55
I wish the main man was not a PTSD soldier but just someone with demons, like a guy who was already mentally ill whose wife died, and that drove him over the cliff.

Really wanted to see this.
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Black Barney replied the topic: #279797 14 Aug 2018 20:27
they never really address the PTSD stuff tho. You can overlay any number of conditions on him and they would play out in a similar manner. So don't let that ruin anything. It's more about living off the grid with someone who doesn't necessarily have to be.

i think it's a more compelling reason that the Into the Wild story (which I loved too)