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Eight years ago director Debra Granik gave us the bleak, haunting tale “Winter’s Bone,” set in the destitute Missouri Ozarks, that made Jennifer Lawrence a star. Now she has delivered “Leave No Trace,” which tells the story of a troubled veteran and his 13-year-old daughter living off the grid in the forests around Portland, Oregon. But do not let this trigger any anxiety; this is a loving and protective  family unit determined to stay together as long as possible. How that does and doesn’t work out gives the film its drama.

Granik is an...