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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
The Insidious Drag of Drug Addiction Perfectly Captured
Most of us watch films to be entertained in one way or another, and entertainment implies enjoyment. That said, sometimes "enjoyment" is not one the mind as more realistic, perhaps more honest films unspool lives destroyed by drugs or alcohol.
Down To The Bone is such a film, a frank portrait concerning the insidious drag of drug addiction, about the social and personal trap that occurs when a debilitating drive becomes so strong a life is in shreds; Vera Farmiga won an award for her performance as an addicted mother of two who can no longer connect with her husband and little wonder (he's not terribly sensitive or reflective); her job is a dead-end, and a side romance turns into another addiction; the film is not a cheerer-upper in any way, is not strong on plot or action, but captures perfectly the life of someone hopelessly strung out; if you might find this an interesting slice of life to watch, perhaps you will enjoy it or even exult in it's power.
It's not always easy to define Entertainment, and though this is not much fun, it's certainly incisive about it's subject matter, and features another stunning performance from it's magnetic lead.
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