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    Leave no Trace

    Anyone seen this? Apologies if already mentioned. The simple story is an Army vet and his teenage daughter living 'off grid' in Oregon and Washington State.

    One of those movies that leaves you happier for having seen it even though I was a bit uneasy throughout it would go all duelling banjos (it didn't). It teased early on- I wondered if camp within walking distance of not merely a suburban Wal-Mart but Portland city center was cheating a bit

    I really liked it, the acting was excellent. I'm guessing the female lead was actually young-looking rather than really that age, but she was great.

    Probably not too spoilerish:

    the social work support was impressive, though probably says more about my prejudice against US social security, that I didn't expect it


      Thomasin McKenzie (grand-daughter of NZL actress Kate Harcourt) was 16/17 during shooting, although playing a 13-yo.
      Last edited by Duncan Gardner; 08-08-2018, 09:51.


        Loads of lovely Carhartt porn too.


          I finally watched this last night. What a very warm film.

          Spoilerish, if that makes any sense 18 months on from the original thread:

          Like Duncan, there was a lot of time where I felt it might go a bit Deliverance, but it didn't. It basically treated (almost) everyone as decent people, and didn't try to create plot and drama in a film that was just about how people deal with difficult situations. I particularly liked that it treated what might be seen as white backwoods ATV driving libertarians with who're mostly focused on not wanting to interact with authority as nice people helping where they can. They rarely get fair treatment in the media (nor, generally, from me).


            I saw part of this but I can't recall how it ends. I don't recall why I didn't stick with it.

            It got great reviews but somehow it didn't make any major awards noise at all. Perhaps the producers couldn't afford to campaign for it.


              It didn't have any of the big speechifying scenes that the awards people love, it didn't have star names, it didn't have a clear easy moral - and certainly not one about white people saving black people, it didn't have the cachet of being a British period drama with actors over-enunciating, nobody wore big prosthetics or lost weight for it, and I'm sure it had no promotional budget. It was never going to make awards noise.


                Parasite has none of those and might win Best Picture (1917 is the favorite now, but Parasite could).

                Moonlight *did* win Best Picture and it has none of that, as far as I know.

                Ben Foster is fairly famous. He’s certainly well-respected.

                I don’t think it would have won, but I’m surprised neither the film or Ben Foster didn’t even enter the discussion, as far as I know. It got tons of critic and festival awards.