"Winter's Bone" Movie Review
I saw Winter's Bone tonight which is the best movie I've seen in a while. It was so real that it seemed almost like a documentary of life in the Missouri Ozarks in the 1930s. The characters and setting reminded me of the depression photography of Walker Evans and Dorthea Lange.
The heroine of the story is Ree Dolly, a courageous 17-year-old girl played with an award-winning performance by Jennifer Lawrence.
The movie covers several days during which Ree faces a crisis caused by her father's disappearance after posting the family home and farm as bail bond for his trial for cooking meth in a lab in the Missouri back woods. Ree cares for her two young sibilings and her mother who is depressed to the point of being non-functional. The family home and farm will be lost if her father doesn't show up for his trial. The plot revolves around Ree's search to find her father to make sure he shows up for the trial so that the farm won't be sold for the defaulted bail bond. Her search begins with her father's cocaine-addicted brother and ends up with various ruthless relatives and other members of Ozarks drug clan associates of her father who are not willing to help her.
The characters seemed so real that I wonder how the cast was recruited, that is, whether they were played by actors or by real people from the Missouri Ozarks. And all the scenes were definitely shot on location, not on a Hollywood set. The script was written and directed by Debra Granik. It was based on a book by Daniel Woodrell. Several reviewers compared the movie to Frozen River, the prize winning independent movie released two years ago. It's also worthy of comparison of the almost Biblical French movies Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring. Like them Winter's Bone was not easy to watch.
Note: The movie may sound like a "downer," but I didn't react to it that way. It's an uplifting movie because of Ree Dolly's guts and determination not to give up on doing whatever it took to find her father and save the family farm. She is quite an admirable character, in my opinion, well portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence.
Winter's Bone Gets Four Oscar Nominations
- \'Dream come true\' as locally made \'Winter\'s Bone\' garners Oscar nods | Springfield News-Leader
The Oscar nominations include John Hawkes for Actor in a Supporting role; Jennifer Lawrence for Actress in a leading role; Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin for Best Picture; and Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Winter's Bone Nominated for Best Picture and Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress
- Oscars 2011 Nominations List: Academy Awards Nominees
Also nominated for best picture Tuesday was the Ozarks crime thriller "Winter's Bone." Other best-actress nominees is Jennifer Lawrence as a teen trying to find her missing father amid the Ozark Mountains' criminal underbelly in "Winter's Bone."
Debra Granik Wikibio
- Debra Granik - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Debra Granik (born 1963) is an American independent filmmaker. She's won a series of awards at the Sundance film festival, including Best Short in 1998 for Snake Feed (her first film) and the the Grand Jury Prize for Drama in 2010 for Winter's Bone.
Jennifer Lawrence Wikibio
- Jennifer Lawrence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lawrence has the lead role in Winter's Bone (Sundance in 2010) as a 17-year-old girl in the rural Ozarks caring for her mentally-ill mother and her younger brother and sister when she discovers that her father posted the family farm as bail bond.
John Hawkes Wikibio
- John Hawkes (actor) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
ohn Hawkes (born 1959) is an American film and television actor. He is known for his portrayal of Bugsy in The Perfect Storm and as the Jewish merchant Sol Star on the HBO series Deadwood. the role of Greg Penticoff in season 1 of 24.
Another HubReview of "Winter's Bone" by JBunce
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"Winter's Bone" book review
- Review of Winter's Bone
In the Ozarks a young woman searches for her meth-cook father who has put up their house for his bail bond only to disappear.Ree Dollys life is one of rural poverty and intense responsibility as she...