An alliance of underrated artists
Will (Ben Foster) and his 13-year-old daughter Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) rough it in the luxuriant jungle of Forest Park in Portland. Hiding in the middle clammy ferns, breaking camp regularly, they seem somehow to live a peaceful existence on the fringes. But Debra Granik’ film isn’t a manifesto for outdoorsy life. Will, a veteran to an unnamed war, is unable to adapt back into the society he’s seems to have sacrificed so much for. As for Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) she’s coming of age herself and coming to terms with the fact her father’s life doesn’t have to be hers.