Leave No Trace ★★★★

After the success of Winter’s Bone in 2010, Debra Granik has waited eight years to do another feature film and on the evidence of Leave No Trace it’s eight years too long. This is another quietly unassuming film from the talented and observant director and I’d even go as far to say that it’s better than the aforementioned Oscar nominee. There’s a confidence about this film in its understanding of its characters and Granik isn’t afraid to take her time and allow us to get close to them. This, in turn, allows Ben Foster and young Thomasin McKenzie to deliver strong, emotive performances which makes the film all the more powerful and affecting.