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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.
Family loyalty and self-reliance take on whole new meanings in this dark story of one family's desperate struggle to survive in the Ozark woods of southern Missouri. Day-to-day life is tough in the economically depressed, unforgiving harsh rural landscape that's home to the extended Dolly clan, but it's made much tougher thanks to their history of cooking crank and deep involvement in the local drug culture. For Jessup Dolly and the other men of the family, looking out for oneself has become the first priority. Seventeen-year-old Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) has been caring for her mentally ill mother and her two younger siblings while her father runs from the law. Ree has been managing OK, but when the sheriff shows up with news that her father has put the house up as bond collateral and is unlikely to show for his court date, things get desperate. Ree is well aware of the family code of silence, but desperation forces her to confront her relatives in search of her father, regardless of the personal consequences. One by one, Ree's relatives refuse to help, protecting themselves even at the cost of one of their own. This is a dark, often violent film that doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of the manic drug culture permeating some rural areas of the South. It is intense, emotional, and extremely effective: it is at times simultaneously uncomfortable to watch and paradoxically riveting. Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, and Dale Dickey deliver phenomenally powerful performances and are completely believable in their respective roles. While this official selection in the dramatic film competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival doesn't align well with many of the details in the Daniel Woodrell novel on which it's based, what is absolutely faithfully rendered is the overwhelming sense of resolute self-reliance, complete desperation, and intense, yet distorted family loyalty. --Tami Horiuchi
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : Relay time: 100min
- Director : Debra Granik
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Release date : October 26, 2010
- Actors : Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes
- Subtitles: : Spanish, English
- Studio : Lionsgate
- ASIN : B003EYVXTQ
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,039 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Jennifer Lawrence gives her best acting performance to date as Ree Dolly in Winter's Bone. She is a strong young lady that must deal with insurmountable odds with little help. I found Lawrence engaging and emotional. She emoted so well for such a young actress. Similarly, John Hawkes gives a harsh, yet emotive portrayal of Lawrence's uncle Teardrop. Hawkes is terrifying as Teardrop, then relatable on a profound level. I love both lead roles in Winter's Bone.
Furthermore, I must mention Dale Dickey as Merab. She is wicked and threatening with many subtle movements and aspects to her performance. I found her character so easy to hate, but Dickey plays her perfectly.
In short, Debra Granik directed an indie drama masterpiece. The suspense is palpable. You will be on the edge of your seat throughout Winter's Bone.
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Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence), 17 Jahre alt, lebt zusammen mit ihren zwei Geschwistern und der an Depressionen leidenden Mutter auf engstem Raum in den Ozarks in Missouri. Vater Jessup, der Crystal gekocht hat, sitzt zurzeit eine Haftstrafe ab, soll jedoch, wie Ree eines Tages erfährt, gegen Kautionszahlung wieder auf freien Fuß gekommen und seitdem spurlos verschwunden sein. Da er vor seinem Verschwinden dem Kautionsvermittler zur Sicherheit das der Dolly-Familie gehörende Haus nebst Land gestellt hat, droht den in ärmlichen Verhältnissen Wohnenden schon bald der Verlust ihrer vier Wände, sollte Vater Jessup nicht pünktlich beim kommenden Gerichtstermin erscheinen. Ree begibt sich daher notgedrungen auf die Suche nach ihrem Vater, um die Familie zu retten, stößt dabei jedoch unerwartet in ein wahres Wespennest aus Vorurteilen, Familienehre und purer Gewalt....
Kein Spaß. Kein Lächeln. Kein Lachen. Alles hässlich, trostlos und karg.
Die Landschaft. Die Menschen. Die Arbeit. Kurz gesagt: Das ganze Leben dort.
So in etwa sieht es in „Winters Bone“ aus. Der Film ist durch und durch pessimistisch, lässt seine Protagonistin menschliche Härte spüren und nur selten deren Wärme.
Hier hat man keine Freunde. Jedenfalls nicht besonders viele.
Der Film zeigt eine farblose, hoffnungslose Gegend, in der man nicht begraben sein möchte. Wie die Gegend sind auch deren Einwohner. Gelächelt wird hier praktisch nie, es gibt auch keinen Grund dafür.
Eine dementsprechende Wirkung überträgt sich schnell auf den Zuschauer. „Winter's Bone“ ist durch seinen schonungslosen Realismus absolut kein Feel-Good-Movie. Ehrlich gesagt hat der Film praktisch keinen Unterhaltungswert, ist darin aber ziemlich brillant.
In diesem Teil Missouris herrscht eine düstere und beklemmende Atmosphäre. Hinterwäldler, die in dreckigen Unterhemden Banjo spielen, Fünfjährige, die Innereien von einem gerade mit einem Gewehr „erlegten“ Eichhörnchen pulen, um dieses später zu verspeisen – es ist eine fremde Welt voller Holzhütten mit Wellblechwänden, wo wehleidige Country-Musik läuft.
Für das Auge gibt es einiges zu entdecken, inhaltlich passiert sehr wenig. Die Suche der Tochter nach ihrem Vater erscheint fast als ein Alibi um in diese ärmliche Welt voller ausgebrannter Meth-Labore und alter Pickup-Trucks einzutauchen.
Es ist beileibe kein reißerisch inszenierter Milieu-Ausflug, der diese Welt überzeichnet abbildet. Es ist vielmehr ein nüchterner Blick auf die Stumpfheit und Ausweglosigkeit dieser Menschen. Trotzdem fehlt der Geschichte der fortwährende Antrieb. Denn die immer wiederkehrenden Besuche bei Cousinen, dem Onkel väterlicherseits, dem Groß-Cousin oder dem bärbeißigen Clan-Patriarch lassen die karge Geschichte ständig im Kreis rotieren und an manchen Stellen überaus langweilig geraten.
Jennifer Lawrence betreibt durch ihr wirklich sehr gutes Spiel noch so etwas wie Schadensbegrenzung. Warum John Hawkes, in der Rolle des Onkels Teardrop, gar für einen Oscar nominiert wurde, bleibt wohl das Geheimnis der Academy, denn außer seinem ständig grimmigen und düsteren Gesichtsausdruck war da nichts.
„Winter's Bone“ ist von einer Langeweile, Gleichgültigkeit und Empathielosigkeit durchzogen, dass sich die 97 Minuten bis auf wenige Momente recht zähflüssig dahinschleppen.
Meinen Geschmack hat der Film nicht getroffen, konnte mich emotional einfach nicht erreichen.
And consigning this to obscurity would have been unfair, as it is an absorbing, powerful piece of drama that stays with you long after viewing. It's a bleak, gritty and rather violent film set in a dirt-poor, but closely-knit community in the Ozarks; Ree Dolly (Laurence) must find her recently paroled father in order to prevent the loss of the family home she shares with her two young siblings and her mentally disabled mother; unfortunately that is not in the interests of everyone else, as they are all bound up in working for the local boss who runs the underworld drug scene.
Laurence carries the lead with assurance and has the support of a very convincing cast that includes first-time actors. The locations and filming style capture the desperate backwoods existence that pervades the storyline.
A harrowing film, but one worth watching.
The UK DVD release presents the film in a 16x9 ratio, has English subtitles and a few extras; a 46 minute “making of “documentary (which should really be titled “behind the scenes”) some deleted scenes, an alternative opening and a music video.
The premise of the film involves a poor teenager from a broken home struggling to get by. When she learns her drug dealing criminal father's non appearance at court will cost her family their home she sets off an a journey to find him, though her wider family and community will do just about whatever it takes to stop her with their 'Don't know, don't want to know' mentality. Okay, not much happens in the film in terms of the story it's more about hanging out with this character as she battles against this tight knit community. The story features pretty much no warmth of humour either, it's quite a hard watch.
Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) is 17 years old. She lives in an impoverished area in Ozark mountains. Since her father disappeared and her mother mentally collapsed she was left in sole charge of the family house and her two much younger siblings. Even before her parents became unavailable the family was very poor (as almost all other people living in the area) but now Ree makes her family survive from day to day by all sorts of expedients, more and more desperate. And then suddenly she must face a new, completely unexpected and devastating blow... What follows is an incredible, heartbreaking and nervewrecking fight this seemingly defenseless and helpless girl will wage against all odds, with very little help, to save her family... And as Ulysses had to step down to Hades to find his way to Ithaca, so she will have also at one moment to go into the deep, cold darkness... I am not saying anything more.
I was and still am in total awe of Jennifer Lawrence's performance in this film. It is not an accident that this was her big break - and once you watched this film you will realise that she simply HAD TO be chosen to play Katniss Everdeen in "Hunger Games" - because in this film she already played her, even if character's name was different.
I also simply loved the fact, that this film, although definitely not "Hollywoodian" and very, very grim in its presentation of America's poorest people, contained also lots of very valuable lessons about how to win against even the most unfavorable odds. Ree is not only totally fearless and resolved - she is also clever and always thinks things over before acting. She is not a great speaker but the few words she says are always carefully weighted and measured, to make certain they hit right where she wants them to hit. She never panicks. She always has a plan. And she always, always keeps her calm and preserves her dignity - even when lying in the dirt, coughing blood...
This uncorrupted dignity is actually the main source of her power. Unlike many of her teenage friends Ree didn't marry at a young age and she didn't get pregnant either, as so many young girls in the poorest neighborhoods. She NEVER touches to drugs - she even refuses to smoke a joint... She is also probably the only character on the screen who never drinks even one drop of alcohol. Totally focused on the survival of her family she seems to be completely celibate - although she is certainly not indifferent to men, as it is possible to see in scenes when she meets her very, very scary uncle Teardrop... Very ambivalent looks and conversations (and only looks and conversations - nothing more) between Ree and her uncle make some moments of this film more unsettling than most thrillers I saw...
The vision of this poor mountainous society living almost totally outside the laws of the rest of the country is another treasure of this film. Even Ree, who is a very noble character, shows openly contempt to the policemen - because in this strange world even if you are not a criminal yourself, you simply never talk to cops. Ever.
Some "progressist" critics called this film "feminist", but I didn't see in it any feminism at all. It is the story about human strength and dignity facing a world as cold and cruel as possible, with as much resolve, courage and dignity as one can imagine. Nothing more - but also nothing less.
In conclusion, I will repeat just once more - I LOVED this film and I am going to watch it again soon, because this is one of the best movies to be made in the last years. Enjoy!