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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.

Director:

Debra Granik

Writers:

Jean-Michel Dissard (additional writer), Debra Granik | 5 more credits »
7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Irene
Hugh Dillon ... Bob
Clint Jordan ... Steve
Caridad 'La Bruja' De La Luz ... Lucy (as Caridad De La Luz)
Jasper Daniels ... Ben (as Jasper Moon Daniels)
Taylor Foxhall Taylor Foxhall ... Jason
Giles Penderghast Giles Penderghast ... Pet Store Clerk
Terry McKenna Terry McKenna ... Gene
Richard Lieske Richard Lieske ... Richard
Hector Vasquez Hector Vasquez ... Hector
Joel Saeks Joel Saeks ... Lars
Lori Berryman Lori Berryman ... Acupuncture Therapist
Walt Bolde Walt Bolde ... Walt
Edward Crawford ... Kevin
Gia Mitchell 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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Taglines:

Old Habits Die Hard

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Extension of Sundance Film Festival Award Winning Short SNAKEFEED. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Insincere
Written and Performed by Me, Him and a guy named Tim
Courtesy of Me, Him and a guy named Tim
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Good performance - wrong medium
4 October 2006 | by teddyryanSee all my reviews

I had the opportunity to see DOWN TO THE BONE off Netflix. I was really looking forward to it. I think Vera Farmiga is a very talented performer and heard the raves. Unfortunately, the decision to shoot this story on a PD-150 really killed it for me. I saw the short SNAKE FEED and felt 16 was a much better medium. Or maybe I wished Debra Granik had taken a different visual DV approach. I'm not quite sure. But I didn't find the cinematography all that breathtaking. Some reviewers call it gritty - I call it bland. Still, even with that aside, I felt the story moves a little slow and is also mettled with structural issues. The snake motif was cliché in my books. Nonetheless, Vera is great and definitely makes this one worth watching.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2005 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Down to the Bone See more »

Filming Locations:

Bearsville, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,352, 27 November 2005

Gross USA:

$30,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,241
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1.85 : 1
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