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Winter's Bone [Blu-ray]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,010 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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17-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin’s code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth. Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell, Winter's Bone is the winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize.

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Format: DVD
It is a common and justifiable complaint that movies rarely include strong female characters. Of course, the validity of such a complaint depends in large part on a person's definition of a strong female character or, more precisely, the definition of strength as a character trait. Today, a go to example of feminine strength in a work of popular fiction is Lisbeth Salander of the Millennium Trilogy novels and Swedish films. By such a definition, though, a strong female character is simply one who acts as a stereotypical male character would, solving her problems with violence over all, and technology when greater subtlety is required. Strong, then, reduced simply to male.

In Winter's Bone, the 2010 Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance, we are introduced to seventeen year-old Ree, played by Jennifer Lawrence. Ree is raising her two young siblings since her father, a meth cooker, has vanished. Her mother is physically present but mentally absent. Ree feeds her sister and brother, instructs them in both academic and more practical subjects, cares for them. The weight of her responsibilities is visible in the set of her features, but the children are happy.

Then comes "the Law" to inform her that her father has jumped bail and that he'd put the house up as his bond. If he doesn't show up to court, they'll lose the house. Ree promises to find him, and bring him back. Her search leads her from one dangerous encounter to another as she hunts down and questions the few people who might know where her father has gone, people like her father, criminals. She doesn't do this because she has something to prove.
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By Kona TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 6 2010
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Deep in the harsh backwoods of the Ozarks, 17-year old Ree Dolly has a hard life; she's raising her siblings, caring for her mentally-ill mother, and running the house all by herself. Her father, a meth cooker, has jumped bail and the family will lose their home if he can't be brought in to the law so Ree must go to all of her kinfolk for help, even though she knows their code of silence is enforced by beatings - and worse.

This low-budget film is excellent, reminiscent of "Coal Miner's Daughter" without the music and happy ending. The grim and utterly hopeless lives of the mountain poor are presented unflinchingly; I never felt anyone was acting. Many of the smaller roles are, in fact, played by non-professional locals and they are all convincing. Ree's courage in seeking out her father amid her brutal relatives is admirable and frightening.

The top-notch script, direction, and acting make for a scary, depressing, but always riveting movie, a glimpse into a rarely-seen world. Recommended.
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This movie paints a bleak outlook on life and yet through it all our heroine never loses hope, strength and courage. I was impressed with Lawrence's handle and grasp on such a difficult character. We never feel sorry for her and yet we empathize deeply. Lawrences's portrayal is gripping and on cue (she does not make us pity the character for there is such a force of nature within her).
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, even though I found it quite difficult to watch due to the nature of the plot. It is however an astonishing piece of work, from the costumes to the setting and throws the viewer into a completely foreign land, one which we would scarcely venture out into on our own.
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If you're a fan of Jennifer Lawrence after seeing The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook, you might be interested in seeing the film that put her on the map. She gained a Best Actress nomination for her performance in Winter's Bone, and after seeing it for the second time, I have come to the conclusion that it may be a better performance than her 2013 Oscar-winning effort. I say that because of the demands of the role, and not because anything was lacking in her Oscar-winning performance.

Winter's Bone is an incredibly bleak story. Ree Dolly (Lawrence) is 17, and her very existence is a challenge. Her father is missing and about to stand trial for manufacturing crystal meth. Unfortunately, he put up their house as collateral for his bail, and it will be taken from her within a week if he fails to show up. Ree's mother rarely talks and is incapable of taking care of her and her young brother and sister. As a result, Ree is responsible for the entire family.

In order to resolve her situation, she must find her father. There's also the chance that he's dead, and she would have to prove it to the authorities if that turned out to be the case. So, Ree sets off to discover the truth. The story takes place in the Ozarks, and everyone she questions is aggressive, dangerous, guarded, or a combination of all three. It's risky to even pursue her investigation with some of those she encounters also mixed up in the illegal drug trade.

If you thought Lawrence was plucky in The Hunger Games, you'll be amazed by the things she has to deal with in Winter's Bone. This world is real, and director Debra Granik doesn't pull any punches. The result is a tense thriller, but it's not an action movie.
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