Leave No Trace: realist portrait, felt trauma, and alternatives

From the start of Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace, there is a dooming sense that what we see won’t last. Father and daughter surviving in their makeshift camp, working hard to gather and cook food and make fires. She’s learning and he’s teaching. They keep their tools in the ground. At night, they ward off… Continue reading Leave No Trace: realist portrait, felt trauma, and alternatives

Shoplifters: family, love, and outside forces

Note: I detail specific scenes from the film. These are not necessarily spoilers, or even major plot point reveals. However, this post is a deeper dive. If you like watching clean slate, you might want to read this after the fact. Just saying... 🙂 Shoplifters is not director Hirokazu Kore-eda's first foray into the world of families.… Continue reading Shoplifters: family, love, and outside forces