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Debra Granik United States, 2018

Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Leave No Trace

When the credits for "Leave No Trace" rolled, I almost felt like I was still waiting for the movie to begin. For 104 minutes, Debra Granik is on the cusp of getting to the emotional center of a teen's abandonment and isolation, but never closes in for a satisfying finish. Caught somewhere between naturalism and dramatization, this film is caught in the middle — and good performances aside, there's *something* absent.