Leave No Trace adamatdramatrain'S REVIEW

Powerful performances in a gripping tale

Director Debra Granik follows up Winter’s Bone (the film that launched Jennifer Lawrence’s career), with a father-daughter relationship movie fuelled by standout performances by Ben Foster, and newcomer Kiwi, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie as 13-year-old Tom.

Foster plays Will, an army vet living off the grid, bringing his daughter up as a back-to-nature, self-sufficient survivalist. Then child services try to intervene...

Rather than going Rambo, Granik takes a far more naturalistic, dramatic and human route, focusing on character and compassion.

Simple, subtle and soaked in symbolism, this is a powerful, slow-burning meditation on life and love, powered by two mesmerising performances.