A gripping drama about an Iraq veteran father and his daughter who take refuge from society deep in an Oregon forest. A war movie made without a shot fired in anger by the director of multi-award-winning Winter’s Bone.
Will, a war veteran suffering from PTSD and his teenage daughter, Tom, have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. Intense and touching performances from Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie [Tom] and Ben Foster [Will].
Directed by Debra Granik, and adapted from the 2009 novel, My Abandonment, by Peter Rock.
100% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.
A work of overwhelming, understated power that quite simply took my breath away…flawless, deeply affecting. – Mark Kermode in The Guardian ★★★★★
A deeply intelligent story of love and survival in the wild… everything that a movie should be. – Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian ★★★★★
A chronicle of a lesser-seen, lesser-moneyed America…a delicate family drama at heart. – The Irish Times ★★★★
Click here to read The Irish Times interview with the director.
Click here to watch the director’s analysis of a key scene, and read The New York Times review of a very American story about survival.
A richly drawn and rewarding film that stays with you. – RTE Entertainment
USA, 2018 |Language: English | 109 minutes | Cert: PG
Director: Debra Granik
Cast: Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard