Leave No Trace Ian_Anderson'S REVIEW

Feel good about the homeless

BY Ian_Anderson superstar

Will and Tom live off-the-grid in a forest outside Portland, Oregon. In other words, they are homeless. Will is a war veteran who is either not keen on being around people or living indoors (or both), which puts him offside with "the authorities". Tom is his "home" schooled teenage daughter.

This is more Tom's film than Will's film and showing both her love, devotion to her father and her adaptability to both their current lifestyle and to the alternatives on offer. Tom is also growing up and becoming less dependant on Will. Leave No Trace tries to take no sides between people on the edge of society and modern society itself. It also shows that those at the edge of society are there for different reasons, do it in different ways and don't always get on with each other. It is also a feel-good story, which like a fairy tale, takes us a little beyond the edge of darkness but brings us safely back.