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Solid 4 star, verging on 4.5 star film,
This review is from: Winter's Bone [DVD]  (DVD)
Before writing this, I've just glanced at some of the other reviews. It appears that this is one of those 'love it or hate it' films. I definitely fall into the former camp. Yes, this film is bleak. Yes, the world it gives us a shot of is depressing, but boy is it well-filmed and atmospheric. The brooding sense of dread is captured right from the first scene, and it never disappears. The almost monochrome colours, the broken run down homes that the characters live in, the lightly playing banjos in the background are really compelling. So too is the story - the 17 year old Ree with two younger siblings and a disabled mother to look after who is about to lose her family home unless she can find her father - or his body. I thought that the actress who played Ree was absolutely excellent too.
This film reminded me in many ways of other movies filmed about closely bound, mistrustful communities. Frozen River is less depressing, but uses the same type of close camera work and brooding music. Another older one, perhaps spawned by the idea of films such as Deliverance was the creepy Southern Comfort, about a unit of National Guardsmen on an expedition through the Louisiana swamps.
Well worth watching in my opinion.
Ben Kane, author of The Forgotten Legion.