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Down to the Bone (2004)

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 ...
April
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Storyline

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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18 March 2005 (Austria)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,352, 27 November 2005

Gross USA:

$19,723, 8 December 2005
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Trivia

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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Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »

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Arrival Pad #19
Written and Performed by East River Pipe
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The Insidious Drag of Drug Addiction Perfectly Captured
24 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

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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