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Leave No Trace

  • 2018
  • PG
  • 108min
  • 100%
  • 7.2 / 10

Will, played by Ben Foster, is a veteran who suffers from PTSD from the Iraq War he battled in. Him, along with his daughter Tom played by Thomasin McKenzie, live in isolation in a public park and only leave the confines of their 'home' to go into town to purchase food or supplies with the money that Will makes from selling his VA-issues pain killers to other people like him. Once spotted by a jogger, officers arrest him and he and his daughter are relocated to a Christmas Tree Farm to live and work to be able to stay in a home on the lot. Will and Tom eventually leave when Will feels the rules of the home owner and social service become too much for him and they begin a long trek through the woods to a isolated cabin. There Will disappears after saying he is going for food and Tom finds him passed out at the bottom of a hill and Tom does the only thing she feels she can for him.

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PTSD stands for posttraumatic stress disorder and is considered a mental illness by clinical psychologists. PTSD is triggered by harmful events in that person's life such as a sexual assault, accidents, collisions, threats on a person's life, and warfare. Most people who experience a harmful event in their life will not experience PTSD, but for those who are effected it can cause disturbing thoughts or dreams, dreams, distress, outburst of anger, and can cause a person to seek suicide as a way to combat this. PTSD can be diagnosed by going through a PTSD Screening and talking to a doctor who is specialized in PTSD training. Many Veterans of wars will come back with PTSD, more commonly know to them as 'shellshock.' 1 in 10 vets from Gulf War experience PTSD in a year and the number rises to 11 to 20 percent for Veterans of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

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Leave No Trace is a drama film based on the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock. The film was was directed by Debra Granik and written by Granik and Anne Rosellini. Leave No Trace was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 and had a United States theatrically release of June 29, 2018. Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie received universal acclaim for the acting in the movie, along with praise for Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey, and other actors in the film. Leave No Trace is also the second most reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes to hold a 100% approval rating.