LEAVE NO TRACE

Empire (UK) - - REVIEW - NICK DE SEM­LYEN

Out 5 NOVEM­BER / Cert PG / 109 Mins

the idea of watch­ing Ben Fos­ter squat­ting in a bush for nearly two hours may not sound like the stuff of movie dreams. But I’m very glad I caught Leave No Trace on the big screen ear­lier this year. Quiet, slow-burn­ing and ut­terly grip­ping, it’s the tale of a Ptsd-stricken com­bat vet­eran and his teenage daugh­ter hid­ing away in an Ore­gon park to avoid con­tact with the rest of hu­man­ity, and is likely the most heart­break­ing de­pic­tion of camp­ing you’ll ever see. Fos­ter is haunt­ing as Will, a man who can only find com­fort in to­tal seclu­sion, and Kiwi ac­tor thomasin Mcken­zie (who pre­vi­ously had a small role in the fi­nal Hob­bit film, The Bat­tle Of The Five Ar­mies) is just as be­liev­able as tom, a girl who’s never been given a chance to be nor­mal. It may have a few too many close-ups of cob­webs and such, but its del­i­cate mood and pow­er­ful de­noue­ment have stayed with me for months.

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