Leave No Trace is a really, really good examination of autonomy and assertiveness.
Where most stories would take the easy route of showing a character as either "assertive" or "submissive." Maybe they'll do a coming of age thing where a character learns to "be themselves" and "stand up to their [authority figure]."
Leave No Trace doesn't do that. Thom, in traditional character terms, might be called "docile," "meek," "obedient," or any other number of spat out by a thesaurus. But that doesn't actually matter. Thom might be "confident," "aggressive," "firm," and so on. And it wouldn't mean a thing.
Because often, defiance isn't about standing up for yourself, but about knowing that there are other places to stand. We yield…