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Winter's Bone (2010)

R | | Drama | 16 July 2010 (USA)
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An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.



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With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She's taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a week's time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth, but everywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people's business. She refuses to listen, even after her father's brother, Teardrop, tells her he's probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed. Written by garykmcd

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Everyone's got a secret



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some drug material, language and violent content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 July 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lazos de sangre  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,887, 13 June 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,531,503, 21 April 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,831,503, 21 April 2011
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


For authenticity purposes, most of the supporting cast were locals. Ree's sister was from the area and indeed the exterior of her home in the film was actually her real home. The clothes everyone wore were the actual clothes of the locals too. Indeed, the townspeople were given brand new clothes in exchange for their old, frayed items of clothing to be used by the actors in the film. See more »


When Ashlee is playing on a trampoline with two rocking horses, Ree tells her to "bring Brownie and Cupcake and come in." Ashlee is first seen sitting on Brownie while Cupcake, the pink horse, lies on its side. As she gets off the trampoline, however, Ashlee is riding Cupcake and Brownie is lying on its side. See more »


[first lines]
Ree: [waking her] Ashlee Dawn...
Ashlee: Hmmm?
[to her brother]
Ashlee: Wake up...
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Brilliant Genre Bender and Thematic Cauldron
25 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Watching this film the first time you will see one of the most accessible, compelling, and almost entirely straight narrative films this year. As a film snob, I tend to like them more visually challenging and time bending. Nonetheless, I was entirely blown away in my first viewing and simply could not get this movie out of my mind for the rest of the film festival I was attending.

In quiet repose, the vapor trails coalesce around two things when you try to explain Winter's Bone to others. From the view of genre it goes everywhere: mystery, noir in gray tones, gangster, thriller, almost horror and a brilliant, stark family drama. Then there are the themes that rage quietly behind the scenes: hopelessness in poverty, good transcending almost demonic evil, an unbridled feminist treatise, nobility free poverty, drug culture ripping social fabric asunder, and family is your trump card for everything.

This really grasps you like a whirling dervish in a cauldron, so powerful it takes your thoughts so many places so quickly.

The source of all this is a startling story and screen rendering by one who may become a great young female director. The performances, likely coaxed by this great director, stun you silent.

Plus it contains possibly the greatest role model for the young ever put on film, performed in true star making brilliance if seen beyond the art houses where characters like me reside.

In the end, after five viewings, it stands as my favorite film seen since American Beauty, therefore placing it in my favorite ten all-time. Please see this before it shocks you when its name appears on year end awards lists.

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