Winter's Bone is a 2010 film. It explores the interrelated themes of close and distant family ties, the power and speed of gossip, patriarchy, self-sufficiency, and rural poverty in the Ozark people (in Missouri) as they are impacted by the pervasive underworld of illegal crystal meth labs. For me, the film underscores an increasing problem in America: the growth of an increasingly larger underclass of deprived people with little hope of advancing themselves. The debris of wrecked lives is everywhere here, with decrepit houses and yards filled with dead cars, broken appliances, old farm equipment and other junk.
17-year-old Ree Dolly (up and coming Jennifer Lawrence) is the sole responsible "adult" in her family - with a younger brother and sister and an incapacitated mother. She finds herself forced to track her fugitive father, a longtime crystal meth maker, through the most hardcore of the local criminal network after she learns that he has put their home up as his bail bond. Ree and her family will literally be cast into the wilderness if she can't find her father dead or alive. Jennifer Lawrence (20 in real life) radiates presence and strength well beyond her years here.
This film is gritty, stark and certainly not a date movie, but it is a compelling tale based pretty much on real life.