What do you think of our second set of three films: Zodiac, Leave No Trace and The Florida Project? Which, if any, had you seen before? Which did you enjoy the most or the least? Which did you find most interesting in terms of our critical analysis of m-e-s in class or the theme of "On The Margins"?
Leave No Trace
How do Will (Ben Foster) and Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) demonstrate the tension or fluidity between being marginalized by choice and marginalized because of how others identify you? How does this tension affect their relationship to each other?
Here are possible topics for our discussion of Leave No Trace on M. Feel free to make additional suggestions or to start the conversation here.
- Establishment of setting in the opening shots.
- A related issue is the use of light and color.
- Use of props to develop character.
- Action and performance, particularly in terms of how Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie use their faces and bodies to communicate their place in the world.
- Based on what we are shown in the first act of the film, what do you think we are supposed to think about how Will (Dad) and Tom live? How do you think these feelings are meant to change as the film progresses? Who did you identify with more, Dad or Tom? Why? Or is this a false choice? What did the filmmakers show you that persuaded you to feel this way?
Share your early thoughts and feelings about Leave No Trace here.