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Winter's Bone (2010)

R | | Drama | 16 July 2010 (USA)
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Winter's Bone is a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, and Garret Dillahunt. 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ree
... Sonny
Ashlee Thompson ... Ashlee
Valerie Richards ... Connie
... Sonya
... Sheriff Baskin
William White ... Blond Milton
Ramona Blair ... Parenting Teacher
... Gail
Andrew Burnley ... Baby Ned
Phillip Burnley ... Baby Ned
Isaac Skidmore ... Baby Ned
Cody Brown ... Floyd
Cinnamon Schultz ... Victoria
... Teardrop
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With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area.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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Rated R for some drug material, language and violent content | See all certifications »

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Lazos de sangre  »

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Budget:

$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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When the kids are setting up bottles to shoot, all the way through to the actual shooting, the cans change position in the line-up several times, and new cans and arrangements appear. See more »

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[first lines]
Ree: [waking her] Ashlee Dawn...
Ashlee: Hmmm?
[to her brother]
Ashlee: Wake up...
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Music and Lyrics by Rick Reding
Performed by Ralph Dienno, Mark Moling, Gary Moore, Rick Reding, Billy Ward and Steve Youngblood
Courtesy of White River Music Company
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Outstanding, if you like ultra-realism
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While I have seen many more entertaining film and certainly more profound, I cannot remember the last time I saw a film so realistic I felt I was there.

The very realism of "Winter's Bone" undercuts its pacing and dramatic impact. The film opens slowly and my wife nearly lost interest before the story engrossed her. Perhaps given my "country cousin" roots, I was immediately taken in. As a writer I was astounded at how many times I could not predict what would happen next. Yet, every scene flows naturally into the next.

While I found some of the dialog unintelligible, the "natural sound" so accentuated the film's atmosphere I didn't care. Certainly, I had no trouble understanding all the necessary interchanges.

While all performances are "pitch perfect," Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes certainly deserved their Oscar nominations and numerous awards. Likewise, writer/director deserved her Oscar nomination for writing. She should have received one for directing. In any event, she is one to watch and, in my opinion, a much better director than Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow.

There are no really "big" messages here. Nonetheless the "small" messages of humanity,community and personal honor shine like a beacon. I give "Winter's Bone" a "10".


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