Leave No Trace

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

“A father and daughter make their way through the lush greenery of a rainforest. He’s intense, almost haunted. She, in her early teens, seems serene. What are they doing? Living there, it turns out—off the grid and in hiding, as they have been for years. The first few minutes of “Leave No Trace” are as entrapping as the spider webs the camera notices in passing. They catch you up in a suspenseful wilderness tale that opens out to an urgent drama of conflict, beauty and growth. The director, Debra Granik, made a stunning feature eight years ago: “Winter’s Bone,” which launched the career of Jennifer Lawrence. Here’s another stunner, and another revelation in the calmly radiant person of Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie. She plays the daughter, Tom, who loves her troubled dad, Will, unconditionally. (He’s played superbly by Ben Foster. )… It’s a gorgeous film, a triumph on top of an earlier one and, not incidentally, a small miracle of concision at a time when audiences increasingly favor stories spun out in episodes and seasons. Here, in less than two hours, lives are discovered, set in passionate motion and transformed” —Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal. PG. 109 Min.