In Leave No Trace Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone) directs young New Zealand actress Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie in a remarkable lead performance. She plays Tom, a teenager who has been living off the grid with her father, Will (Ben Foster), from an early age. Camped in a forest outside Portland, they are peaceable, lo-tech survivalists, perfectly attuned to each other and the natural world. Then social services intervene...
“Leave No Trace tactfully tells an equally heart-warming and heart-breaking story of the unconditional love shared between father and daughter. Foster and McKenzie deliver raw, tender, captivating and transcending performances. The bond between them isn’t only compelling, it is inspiring… A profound story about love, family, loyalty, understanding, and compassion.” — Tiffany Tchobanian, Film Threat
"A quietly enthralling film... Leave No Trace is an absolute gem"
★★★★½ - Graeme Tuckett, The Dominion Post
"A deeply intelligent story of love and survival in the wild"
★★★★★ - The Guardian
★★★★ - NZ Herald
“McKenzie vividly depicts Tom’s internal life in a can’t-be-missed performance”
★★★★★ – Flicks
“It's top notch filmmaking and should not be missed.”
★★★★½ - Newshub
“A sympathetic, affecting, beautifully realised portrait of lives lived on the margins.”
★★★★ – Empire
"Leave No Trace leaves its traces everywhere: in your mind, in your heart, in your soul."
- LA Times