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Leave No Trace (2018)

PG | | Drama | 29 June 2018 (UK)
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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 their lives forever.

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Debra Granik

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Debra Granik (screenplay by), Anne Rosellini (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomasin McKenzie ... Tom (as Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie)
Ben Foster ... Will
Jeffery Rifflard Jeffery Rifflard ... Vet at VA (as Jeff Rifflard)
Derek John Drescher Derek John Drescher ... Larry (as Derek Drescher)
Michael Draper Michael Draper ... Runner
Peter Simpson ... Police Officer
Erik McGlothlin Erik McGlothlin ... K-9 Officer
Dana Millican ... Jean
Alyssa McKay Alyssa McKay ... Valerie (as Alyssa Lynn)
Ryan Joiner Ryan Joiner ... Tiffany (as Ryan E. Joiner)
Michael J. Prosser ... James (as Mike Prosser)
Jeff Kober ... Mr. Walters
Spencer S. Hanley ... Pastor
Tamera Westlake Tamera Westlake ... Devotional Dancer
Bob Werfelman Bob Werfelman ... Bob
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Storyline

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. Written by Bleecker Street

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Rated PG for thematic material throughout | See all certifications »

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The recurring theme of the seahorse is a callback to Will's disorder.

PTSD is caused by a "blown-out" hippocampus, which in turn is caused by an over-stimulated amygdala, the organ that produces terror. In a healthy brain, the hippocampus double-checks the source of an alarm and switches off the amygdala if not judged urgent. This is nearly instantaneous, so that the person may not even be aware a terror prompt has occurred before the hippocampus cancels it.

In PTSD sufferers, the hippocampus has been burned out by one or more intensely traumatic events, so that the amygdala keeps pumping terror prompts into the neural system over and over, with little or no interference. Hence the experience of flashbacks (sudden irrational terror originating from a trigger sensed by the amygdala, but possibly not even known to the victim).

"Hippocampus" is also the classic/poetic word for seahorse. The hippocampus in the brain is called that because it's shaped like a seahorse. See more »

Goofs

In the Washington cabin, Will is planning a route to town and says "Follow the creek, across the ridge". Will would be aware that creeks cannot cross ridges because one side would be uphill. See more »

Quotes

Tom: Do you have difficulty enjoying things? Have you felt distant or cut off from people? Are you unable to have sad or loving feelings?
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Remake of Faro (2013) See more »

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Sweet Time
Written by Robert Cifuentes
Performed by Billy Changer
Courtesy of Light in the Attic Records
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Remarkably unpredictable and, essentially, exposition-less; an affecting and engaging picture.
30 June 2018 | by Pjtaylor-96-138044See all my reviews

'Leave No Trace (2018)' is, remarkably, never predictable or on-the-nose. Instead, it soon settles into its own slow rhythm to provide an experience that's refreshing in its ability to show instead of tell. Often, it refrains from saying anything at all, especially during the moments in which it actually speaks volumes. This is a technique - or, rather, way of thinking - it uses to cut to the heart of its scenes and provide some incredibly raw emotional beats. Even in its 'loudest' of moments, it feels marvellously gentle and is brought to life with a steady, self-assured hand. The film is extremely engaging and has an astute ability to render its core relationship with a wonderfully tender realism, examining its father and daughter duo - as well as the former's traumatic background and scarred mental-state - brilliantly and not always blatantly. This, again, plays into its pretty much perfect 'show, don't tell' mentality and allows you to piece together what's going on behind our core players' eyes. It allows for an empathetic and emotive picture that impacts you in essentially every sequence, especially those towards its devastating yet somewhat inevitable end. Overall, the movie is actually highly enjoyable, and affecting, because of this emotional impact. 8/10


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Release Date:

29 June 2018 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$219,140, 1 July 2018

Gross USA:

$6,046,104

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,682,928
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