Her family home in danger of being repossessed after her dad skips bail and disappears, Ozark teen Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) breaks the local code of conduct by confronting her kin about their conspiracy of silence. Should she fail to track her father down, Ree Dolly, her younger siblings, and their disabled mother will soon be rendered homeless.
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 »
FLIPPED SHOT: When the sheriff first talks to Ree, the neighbor walks past a truck to eavesdrop. The truck's logo and license plate are reversed, as if in a mirror. See more »
'Winter's Bone' is a nuanced and excellently constructed film.
The characters are portrayed brilliantly by the this fine cast of actors. The roles are played so well that the word "believable" would be a gross understatement.
The lead, Jennifer Lawrence, has an extremely bright future. I see why she got the lead in The Hunger Games' and 'Silver Linings Playbook.' This young lady has at least one Academy Award in the near term.
John Hawkes nailed his role. However, his acting is so consistent it's almost become under appreciated. He needs some bigger roles, he can carry a film.
The directing was almost perfect. There were a couple of lulls, but in a way, they added to the suspense.
What I really appreciate about the directing though is the actors were allowed to act.
The scenes, through effective dialogue (no unnecessary banter), facial expressions and background were left to speak for themselves.
The film had a quality that rewarded the viewer if the requisite attention to detail was paid.
That said, for me it became exponentially more rewarding.
I could go on and on, but if you haven't seen this film, do so.
It's high quality, an oasis in the Hollywood desert.
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