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Leave No Trace | 2018 | PG | - 1.3.1

A man (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) live in a park, secluded from society, until they are caught by authorities and their way of life can never be the same. Also with Jeffery Rifflard, Michael Draper, Derek John Drescher, Peter Simpson, Erik McGlothlin and Dana Millican. Directed by Debra Granik. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A woman asks a teenage girl if anyone ever touched her body without her permission and the girl replies, "No." A teen girl reads about seahorse bonding. Song lyrics include, "Give me a kiss."
 A shirtless man bathes and we see his bare shoulders, back, abdomen and chest with several tattoos. A teen girl showers and we see her head and neck above a shower curtain.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A teen girl hikes through thick woods and finds her father unconscious and lying on the ground; she runs to a road for help and the man is treated at a woman's cabin (we see that he has a large bloody gash on his head and his foot is bruised and swollen). Police dogs bark and snarl while tracking people in the woods; one dog finds a man hiding and the man is handcuffed by an officer before they find the man's teen daughter also hiding and she calls for him tearfully as he is taken away. A man calls out for his daughter and as it gets dark he becomes increasingly worried. A teen girl calls out for her father when he does not return from town and she is worried.
 A teen girl on a hill is frightened and hides when a man on a trail below calls out to her. A man and a teenage girl practice a drill to avoid being discovered. Several large dogs bark outside a tent where a man and a teenage girl are and they make noise to scare the dogs away. A teen girl hides and watches park officials cutting down trees. A man and a teen girl ride an aerial tram and the man becomes nervous when he sees a helicopter flying in the distance. A man squats down among trees and seems afraid from the sound of a helicopter overhead. A man and a teen girl climb on an empty train car and hide. A police officer asks a teenage girl for ID on a bus and then escorts her off the bus when she says that she does not have ID. A man and a teenage girl hitch a ride with a trucker and they are let out in Washington State where they hike through woods until the girl complains of not being able to feel her feet from the cold (they stop and the man puts her feet under his jacket to warm them).
 A man wakes up in a start from a nightmare and then settles back down to sleep. A teen girl talks about wishing that her mother could see her now (we understand that the mother died). A man talks about a gun lock that would be good for a vet to have to protect himself as well as others if the vet is under stress. A teen girl is tested and questioned in a placement facility. A man is tested in a placement facility and he becomes agitated by the computer version of the test. A woman tells a teen girl, "It is illegal to live on public land." A teen girl is frightened and says to her father, "We are going to freeze in our sleep." We see a newspaper headline that mentions veterans committing suicide. A man talks about a service dog that can sense when he is becoming anxious in his sleep and wakes him before he has a bad dream. A teen girl cries thinking about how people will treat her when she goes to school for the first time.
 Earth moving equipment tears down makeshift housing in a thickly wooded park and men who had lived there watch in despair. A man and a teenage girl use knives to feather pieces of wood for a fire. A man uses an axe to chop pieces of wood.
 A woman and a teen girl open a bee hive and many bees swarm around them and land on their hands (the girl is wearing gloves and a beekeeper head covering); later the girl removes the gloves and head covering and allows the bees to crawl around her hands without incident.

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LANGUAGE 1 - Name-calling (strange), 1 religious exclamation (God). | profanity glossary |

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SUBSTANCE USE - A man sorts through a bag of prescriptions medications and pays another man for them, and a man talks about marijuana being legalized in Oregon. Song lyrics include, "Get me a cold beer." A woman smokes a cigarette outside.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - PTSD, isolation, death of a loved one, survival, support for veterans, adapting, judgment, planning one's future, foster homes, homelessness, social skills, faith, appearances, home, being forced to do things to fit meet expectations.
MESSAGE - Fitting into societal norms can be very difficult for some people.
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