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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
• Deleted Scenes
• Making of Winter's Bone
• Music Video "Hardscrabble Elegy," Performed by Dickon Hinchliffe
• Theatrical Trailer
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Well it is bleak and depressing but so amazingly well done that you are left in awe of it. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing. I was surprised some reviews said it was boring. I thought there were so many plot twists and unexpected turns to the story that I found it intriguing and rich. Like many have said, the sense of atmosphere and depiction of this world in the Ozaeks was astounding. Granted, I am not from there so I can't say it is authentic in every detail, but I definitely felt that I was immersed in a very believable, if frightening, reality.
So don't be scared off by this movie. Watch it and marvel at first-rate film making and story telling and be thankful that in the factory that is Hollywood cinema today, there is still room for a little gem like this to be brought to life.
The central figure in the movie, a tough 17-year-old named Ree (Jennifer Lawrence in a star-making performance) is responsible for her catatonic mother, 12-year-old brother Sonny (Isaiah Stone) and six-year-old sister Ashlee (Ashlee Thompson) since her father is away from the house most of the time, usually owing to meth. However he has recently missed a court date and if he does not show up, he will lose his house. Therefore it is incumbent on Ree to find him or the family will be put out of their house. In trying to track him down, Ree has to deal with some unpleasant characters, most especially local meth kingpin Thump (Ron Hall) and Merab (Dale Dickey), a woman with connections to Thump. She also has to deal with her father's brother Teardrop (a fantastic John Hawkes) who keeps things close to his chest and may fall into the violence and drug habits which plague some in the area.
The performance from Lawrence is fantastic. She conveys a very determined woman who is not cowed by some terrifying and legally ominous circumstances and who cares about her family enough not to shrink from the responsibility of taking care of her depressed mother and the younger siblings who rely on her. Lawrence will be a big star although I would bet most of the roles offered to her will not cast a shadow on this role. This is a meaty, juicy role and she sucks all the juice out of it, conveying thoughtfulness, toughness, and the ability to teach her siblings what they need to know in an unsympathetic world.
The plot is quite well elucidated and we understand the role of all the characters we meet. The writing is spare and minimalist from a novel by Daniel Woodnell. The screenplay is co-written by director Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini who convey a bleak, hostile environment in the Ozarks of Missouri. The acting was almost totally done by locals from the area where the movie was filmed. This movie truly deserved many more Oscars than it received at the Oscars.