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June 29, 2018

At the Movies: ‘Leave No Trace' is slow — in a good way

AP Film Writer

Like the pleasures of slow cooking, purposefully slow cinema can be a welcome respite from the craziness in both our world and multiplexes. And that is exactly what you'll get with filmmaker Debra Granik's “Leave No Trace,” a poetic and low-key drama about a father and his teenage daughter whose attempt to live outside of society becomes increasingly impossible.

Granik, you might recall, is the co-writer and director the 2010 film “Winter's Bone,” a stunning exercise in mood and setting that she made for a lean $2 million. But that film is most remembered these days for putting star Jennifer Lawrence on the map (and a permanent Oscars track). Granik, meanwhile, faded into the background, and seemed in danger of becoming a footnote in Lawrence's incredible ascent — just another female casualty of a biased Hollywood system.

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