Fifteen-year-old Tom lives with her father Will, a war veteran suffering from PTSD, in the woods on the edge of Portland.Voluntary isolation from “normal society” and modern culture, they create a radically alternative way of life, only venturing into town for supplies. But one day the surrounding society and its bureaucracy become aware of the pair and confrontation is inevitable. Can Tom find peace in “normal society”? Can Will? Debra Granik, creator of the acclaimed “Winter’s Bone”, presents a thought-provoking gloss on Western lifestyles and values. Her insightful study of the bond between father and daughterwas rightfully one of the highlights at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, with outstanding performances by both Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie, and sensitive, compassionate direction by Granik.
Debra Granik (born 1963) is an American, New York City-based documentary and independent film director and screenwriter. She is best known for Down to the Bone (2004) , which starred Vera Farmiga, Winter’s Bone (2010) , which starred Jennifer Lawrence in her breakout performance and for which Granik was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Leave No Trace (2018), a film based on the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock, is her latest feature.