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Winter’s Bone

October 24, 2010

Winter’s Bone (2010)
Director: Debra Granik
Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey

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Synopsis: A young girl, Ree (Jennifer Lawrence), sets off on a search for her missing father, needing to discover his whereabouts after he puts the family home up as a bail bond.

ReviewWinter’s Bone is deceptive in that beneath its unglamorous and atypical raw materials, lie a classically dramatic structure. That’s not to damn the film because Winter’s Bone is easily one of the most moving and compelling American films of recent years, and the stock narrative elements that do emerge – a child’s mythic quest to right the wrongs of an errant father – come organically from director Debra Granik’s clear favouring of a rigorously authentic backdrop to the film. This ethnographic realism is reflected both geographically (the deprivation and isolation of the backwoods people is lucidly conveyed) and socially (the crystal meth addiction that blights the community is the subtext to the whole story). There’s no place for celebrated actors, in fact the closest you’d get is the odd Hollywood journeyman such as John Hawkes and Garret Dillahunt, and lead actress Jennifer Lawrence embellishes all that is commendable about this film – naturalistic, unaffected, graceful and moving. (October 2010)

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  1. February 25, 2011 8:15 pm

    I wasn’t totally involved with this story, but the acting and character driven element made me like it more. Still, I think it’s the weakest out of the Best Picture race this year! Good review, check out mine when you can!

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