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In the book, the Gail/Ree relationship is elaborated much more. The director, Debra Granik, said that they filmed a lot the scenes on that Gail/Ree timeline that they had to drop from the final cut of the film out because of time restraints. See more »
Ree is wearing gloves when she gets up from the chicken coop. When she talks to Thump's wife, the gloves are off. When Thump's wife offers her the drink, the gloves are back on. When Ree drinks and returns the cup, the gloves are off again. See more »
Winter's Bone (2010), co-written and directed by Debra Granik, is this year's must-see movie. Jennifer Lawrence plays Ree Dolly, a young woman who has had to grow up fast. She has two younger siblings to care for. Her father is missing, and her mother is an invalid. Ree is keeping the family together in their home in a remote corner of the Missouri Ozarks.
When the film opens, the key plot points are set out for Ree and for us. Her father was arrested, and then released on bail. He's put up the family's house and land in order to obtain his release. Now that he's gone, the house and land will belong to the bond company. Realistically, Ree has to find him or the family will be destroyed.
Into the mix comes Ree's uncle, called Teardrop, portrayed by John Hawkes. He has a frightening presence. Everyone respects the potential for deadly violence that Teardrop represents--the local sheriff, Ree, and the hard-bitten meth producers who inhabit the region.
This is a film that is better seen than described in a review. The acting is incredible without exception, but Lawrence and Hawkes are extraordinary. We saw this film at the Rochester 360-365 Film Festival, but it's now in commercial release. It's a tense, taut movie that takes place in small, tight places, even when the scene is shot outdoors, so it will work on DVD.
Seek it out and see it!
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