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      Winter's Bone

      2010, Drama, 1h 39m

      178 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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      Bleak, haunting, and yet still somehow hopeful, Winter's Bone is writer-director Debra Granik's best work yet -- and it boasts an incredible, starmaking performance from Jennifer Lawrence. Read critic reviews

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      Faced with an unresponsive mother and a criminal father, Ozark teenager Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) does what she can to manage the household and take care of her two younger siblings. Informed by the sheriff (Garret Dillahunt) that their father put their home up for bond and then disappeared, Ree sets out on a dangerous quest to find him. Her entire family's fate now in her hands, Ree challenges her outlaw kin's code of silence and risks her life to learn her father's fate.

      • Rating: R (Some Drug Material|Language|Violent Content)

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Debra Granik

      • Producer: Anne Rosellini, Alix Madigan

      • Writer: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $6.5M

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      • Distributor: Roadside Attractions

      • Production Co: Anonymous Content, Winter's Bone Prods.

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      • May 29, 2015

        Somber story that takes place during the cold autumn of the Ozarks as 16-year-old Jennifer Lawrence searches for her missing miscreant father in order to save her home from repossession. She's in almost every scene and thus the film rests solely on her young shoulders, and she has the determination to pull off a positive result for this modest low-key drama.

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      • Jul 03, 2014

        A 17 year old girl left to care for her family in dirt-poor rural Alabama goes in search of her absentee father when faced with the choice of either forcing him to appear before the court or losing their home. Winter's Bone, despite its detective story-style premise, has a flavour very much of a frontier western; take away the synthetic fabrics, pick-up trucks, indoor plumbing and narcotics of choice and you have a community whose life has probably remained pretty much unchanged in the last hundred years. It's a portrait of the struggles of living below the poverty line in contemporary rural America as Jennifer Lawrence's destitute but proud heroine explores the underbelly of her tightly knit but deeply dysfunctional extended family. It's a stark, bleak and gritty drama full of characterful and completely believable performances set within a part of contemporary society rarely depicted outside of trailer trash stereotypes. Tense, occasionally frightening and extremely well observed, Winter's Bone is a serious drama that chooses substance over superficial flash and is all the more affecting and disturbing for it.

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      • Dec 10, 2013

        Though slow and repetitive at times, Winter's Bone is worth seeing for Jennifer Lawrence's raw and stunning performance, but also for the strong direction from Director Granik and the atmospheric cinematography that exudes an almost Aronofosky "Wrestler' vibe which looks great on screen.

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      • Jul 10, 2013

        Debra Garnik became interested in feminism and documentary film-making since her early studies. Independent cinema would be the branch that would allow her to construct her minimalist worlds of suppressive environments, just like Courtney Hunt did two years before with <i>Frozen River</i> (2008). Maybe we are emotionally distant from the characters, yet the situations are not. Both independent films place family bonds at the core and the responsibility of a woman that has to deal with her family in situations out of her control, normally derived from irresponsible actions from others. Debra Garnik does not take a one-sided position against men, like it would seem in the first 20 minutes; rather, each character, be it woman or man, has his/her own intrinsic motivations, predominantly malevolent in the landscapes of Missouri. We need more honest fresh air currents like these once in a while. Definitely, women see some emotional bonds that we men sometimes lack in our vision. 79/100

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