Review: Leave No Trace

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In fairy tales, the forest is a dark, dangerous place, populated by wolves and other menacing creatures, but for Thomasin and her father, Will, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the forest is a respite, a place of quiet and calm. More than that, it’s their home. For several years, they’ve been camping in Forest Park, an enormous urban park on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. Although they have gone undetected all this time, they still do practice drills in case they should be discovered. In an early scene, Will critiques his daughter’s hiding place, telling her that her socks give her away. Actually, it’s Thom’s eyes that betray her: you can see her loneliness and her restlessness. As a younger kid, 24-7 camping may have appealed to her, but when we meet Thom, she is a young teen, full of curiosity about the outside world and eager to meet new people. The only thing that keeps her in the woods is her deep love and sympathy for her father.

Thom and Will are inevitably discovered, and Leave No Trace tells the story of what happens after: how they adjust to life in the world outside their forest. . .

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2018 Films Directed or Written by Women

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Here’s another list: this one of 2018 movies written and/or directed by women. I gathered these titles from a variety of sources, including Indiewire, Refinery 29, womenandhollywood.com, Bazaar, Sundance.org, and Film School Rejects. As with my 2017 list, this one is by no means complete and for at least a dozen movies, I could not find release dates/months. They are listed as TBD for now, but I’ll update* this list throughout the year as more information is available and/or corrections need to be made. I’ve also created a version of this list on letterboxd.

*last updated 7/30/18
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