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Down to the Bone (2004)

R  |   |  Drama  |  18 March 2005 (Austria)
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A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.

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Bob
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Steve
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Lucy (as Caridad De La Luz)
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Ben (as Jasper Moon Daniels)
Taylor Foxhall ...
Jason
Giles Penderghast ...
Pet Store Clerk
Terry McKenna ...
Gene
Richard Lieske ...
Richard
Hector Vasquez ...
Hector
Joel Saeks ...
Lars
Lori Berryman ...
Acupuncture Therapist
Walt Bolde ...
Walt
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Kevin
Gia Mitchell ...
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Winter in hard-scrabble upstate New York. Irene is working class, a mother of two boys, and a user of cocaine. She gets into trouble and checks into a rehab program where she meets Bob, a nurse. After she goes home to her husband and returns to her job as a grocery checker, she stays in touch with Bob and the intimations of an affair begin. By now, she's changed jobs, cleaning houses with her friend Lucy. The temptations of drugs are close at hand. Can she handle sobriety? What about Bob? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Old Habits Die Hard

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Rated R for pervasive drug content, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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$7,352 (USA) (25 November 2005)

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$7,352 (USA) (25 November 2005)
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Extension of Sundance Film Festival Award Winning Short SNAKEFEED. See more »

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Anytime the aquarium and snake are shown with the actors, it has wood chips in it. Whenever the snake is fed, it only has newspapers and rocks in it. See more »

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like a snake from her empty skin
4 December 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this because I enjoyed the intense experience of Debra Granik's more recent film, "Winter's Bone". This film, similarly titled "Down to the Bone", covers somewhat the same emotional range. It is a very bleak story, but not entirely the most accomplished one. The problem with attempting an unpredictable story of addiction is in following the predictable life of an addict. This film is neither complex enough or well executed enough to really give us a new way of seeing things. Better cinematography could have helped. Using very cheap digital equipment (though probably more high tech as of 2004), Granik and cinematographer Michael McDonough take "Down to the Bone" in a more vérité-style direction. But the production values are low and poor even by normal documentary standards. This is a style that would only have great merit if this truly was a documentary, and not a dramatic film. The use of a soundtrack and other cinematic devices detracts from any possible grittiness that could have added to the feel.

The truth and power lies in the acting, as understated as it is here. It's refreshing to see human lives without a lot of exaggeration or demonstrative emoting. Vera Farmiga is the best thing going here, and I found her style compelling. The other performances are all good, and never feel any less than real. In the end, something about this film feels unfinished. Debra Granik has gone on to do a much better picture with "Winter's Bone". This is in interesting starting place, but it just isn't enough more than that.


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