Winter's Bone [Blu-ray]
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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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Determined and loving Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) is left to look after the family when her father disappears. Has to prove that her father is dead in order to save the family home. Her ordeal is complicated by a criminal clan feared by all.
Her uncle reluctantly agrees to help. Strong performance by John Hawkes.
On a budget of only $2m, this is a tale of extraordinary power. Straight to the heart. The cast is absolutely authentic.
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.Read more ›
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.
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 landscapes...it throws the viewer into a completely foreign land, one which we would scarcely venture out into on our own.
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.Read more ›
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finally got to watch this movie & it was great.will watch again in a later date.Published 14 months ago by MOVIES
This movie was OK but I disagree with the person who said this movie was Jennifer Lawrence best movie ever. Read morePublished 16 months ago by John
The plot is fairly simple. Ree Holly (Jennifer Lawrence) is at home taking care of her mother, who takes happy pills and is menatlly out of it. She also cares for her two siblings. Read morePublished 18 months ago by The Movie Guy
watched about 10 minutes and switched it off, not my kind of movie.Published 18 months ago by Anne Dodd
An excellent movie - showing a different side of Jennifer Lawrence.Published 20 months ago by Susan Hutchinson