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Review: Winter’s Bone

Posted February 2, 2011 by Max in Review

Winter's Bone

Winter’s Bone is the story of a seventeen year old who has to find her drug-dealing father. When put that way it doesn’t sound too compelling, but this is one of the best films of the past year. Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) is shown taking care of her brother, sister and sick mother and barely surviving from the kind will of others.  It is a daunting task to say the least, but when the police show up looking for Ree’s father, things get a lot more difficult.

Ree must search for her father and bring him to court or they will lose the house they live in. Ree has to go to some of the creepiest characters in the Ozarks to get information on the whereabouts of her father.  When she asks her father’s brother (John Hawkes) for help, she receives little help at all.

The film is certainly not mainstream.  The climax of the film will have you squirming in your seat, astonished of the events unfolding. Winter’s Bone doesn’t hold back any punches and it’s difficult to imagine things getting much worse for Ree Dolly throughout the picture. That said, I’d recommend the picture to anyone looking for something off the beaten path. With a solid story and great performances this film comes Highly Recommended.

The film features Oscar nominated performances from Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes and is also in consideration for Best Picture of the year.

4 Hearts / 5

Winter’s Bone
Released: 11 June 2010 (limited)
Now: Blu-ray and DVD
Directed by: Debra Granik
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, and Garret Dillahunt

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