For a movie based on the post-service experiences of disturbed veteran, the soundscape of Leave No Trace is stunning in its quiet. Not just its lack of flashbacks, mind you, but its pensive non-verbal communication—all the sounds you don’t hear.
The two characters get all the artistic focus of director Debra Granik, known for her griping Missouri woods rendition of Winter’s Bone; Trace is also adapted from a novel, My Abandonment by Peter Rock, which that author says is based on a true story. This one’s also solemn and unjust as the pair suffers the intervention of social services. It feels true enough: the rules our society imposes, the way in which for many those rules are just too much to bear. And how we don’t have much room, really, for figuring out a way to loosen the bondage to allow for healing.
+It's a heart-wrenching thinker
-Minimal storytelling leaves lots undone
Without a Trace
Directed by Granik
With Foster and McKenzie
Violet Crown, PG, 109 min.