Winter's Bone 2010 R CC

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An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

Jennifer Lawrence, Isaiah Stone
1 hour 41 minutes

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Winter's Bone

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Genres Drama
Director Debra Granik
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Isaiah Stone
Supporting actors Ashlee Thompson, Valerie Richards, Shelley Waggener, Garret Dillahunt, William White, Ramona Blair, Lauren Sweetser, Andrew Burnley, Phillip Burnley, Isaac Skidmore, Cody Brown, Cinnamon Schultz, John Hawkes, Casey MacLaren, Kevin Breznahan, Dale Dickey, Sheryl Lee, Marideth Sisco
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

A great performance by Jennifer Lawrence!
This is an accurate portrayal of rural life in the US and like poverty in the cities from coast to coast it chews people up and shows the true inhumanity of poverty.
Edd Anderson
Are there really people like the ones in this movie?

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349 of 375 people found the following review helpful By Karen Franklin on June 22, 2010
Format: DVD
As crack cocaine is to inner cities and alcohol is to Indian reservations, so methamphetamine is devastating rural white communities across the United States. WINTER'S BONE, set in the remote Ozark Mountains, hauntingly depicts this plague. The story focuses on 17-year-old Ree Dolly, whose father has disappeared after putting up the family home as bail collateral. Unless she can find him, Ree and her younger brother and sister will be without a roof over their heads.

Ree's father is a "cooker" and her mother has been driven into a catatonic state. Ree is on her own in the hostile, clannish, and male-dominated community where she stumbles from trailer to trailer in her frantic search. Crank's ravages are everywhere, in the gaunt and grim faces, the harsh and sudden violence, the cruelty and hopelessness. Her father's only brother, Teardrop (flawlessly played by John Hawkes), holds a spoonful of the white powder out to her and asks, "Gotten the taste for it yet?" "Not yet," she recoils.

Aside from the down-home soundtrack, Winter's Bone is not easy to watch. Its gritty realism never lets up. The characters look like they climbed from Dorothea Lange's Depression and Dust Bowl images, only with a touch of meth-induced paranoia added to the hunger and despair. The dialogue is sparse, and not once in 100 minutes do we hear laughter or feel much hope for Ree's future. What makes it all bearable is the strength and determination of Ree, movingly played by 19-year-old Jennifer Lawrence.

Winter's Bone is winning awards and earning rave reviews. The acclaim is well deserved. To achieve authenticity, director and co-writer Debra Granik and her team spent two years immersing themselves in the local community.
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103 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 28, 2010
Format: DVD
In American movies, we don't often see how we really live, but you will in Winter's Bone, and you don't need to have had a rough childhood in the back woods for this movie to make you feel the grittiness and glory of life -- or for you to know, like you would know how to find your bed in the dark, that this is probably the best movie you will see this year. And maybe longer.

Winter's Bone, directed by Debra Granik, was adapted from a novel by Daniel Woodrell. It was made in the Ozarks, often in the homes of the people who live there. Shot digitally on a mingy budget, it could pass for state-of-the-art Hollywood --- just raw and unvarnished, like Hollywood never is.

The story is simple; this is a straightforward thriller. Ree's father, Jessup Dolly, was busted a while back for cooking methamphetamine. To make bond, he put up his family's house and 300 acres of virgin timber. Now his court date is a week away --- and he's nowhere to be found. The local lawman drives out to warn Ree that the Dollys are in danger of losing their home.

Ree's mother has suffered a breakdown and is of no help, either in caring for her children or finding her husband. That puts her daughter --- already burdened by the need to look after her younger brother and sister --- on a mission. And don't think for a minute she'll quit, even though her quest is a walk on a knife edge; she can't turn in her father, all she can do is ask for help in finding him so she can talk to him. And the only people who can help her? His relatives. Some of them make the most addictive drug on the planet. All of them don't understand why she can't remember she's a Dolly --- "bred and buttered," as she says --- and just stop. As they say, "Talking just causes witnesses.
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130 of 145 people found the following review helpful By C. Christopher Blackshere on June 20, 2010
Format: DVD
Adapted from the novel by Daniel Woodrell, WINTER'S BONE immediately sparked comparisons to last year's Best Picture winner, The Hurt Locker. Both films received limited runtime in theaters. But I must say this is by far the superior movie in just about every aspect imaginable, unless you count overwrought machoism, slanted anti-war sentiments, and explosions as a category. Don't get me wrong, The Hurt Locker was a decent film for what it was. But it won't leave the kind of lasting impression like this story will.

When you hear the word "backwoods", you might get the immediate impression of inbred, buck-toothed hillbillies wearing overalls and drinking moonshine. This story doesn't succumb to exploiting certain exaggerated stereotypes just to grab your attention. But these characters are definitely a little rough around the edges, to say the least.

Filmed in the Ozarks of Missouri, this is a simple but riveting dramatic tale about family, danger, and perseverance. Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) is a 17-year-old girl forced to grow up way too fast. With her mother desperately ailing and her father somewhere hiding from the law, she struggles to support her younger brother and sister. To make matters worse, a bail bondsman notifies her that her dad put up their home as his bail bond, then skipped out on court. In order to track her father down, Ree is forced to enter a seedy, violent realm of paranoid drug pushers and users. Many of them happen to be distant family members. Family ties or not, none of them are too anxious to help her out. The risks and desperation mount as she inches closer to the truth.

The best part of this film is the character development and the acting.
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