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Winter's Bone [DVD] [2010]

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  • Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey, Garrett Dillahunt, Kevin Breznahan
  • Directors: Debra Granik
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AGGY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,776 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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17 year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) embarks on a mission to find her father after he uses their family house as a way of securing his bail and disappears without a trace. Faced with the possibility of losing her home and being turned out into the Ozark woods, Ree challenges her outlaw kin s code of silence and risks her life to save her family. She hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth. Winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, WINTER'S BONE is directed by Debra Granik (DOWN TO THE BONE) and adapted for the screen by Granik and Anne Rosellini. Based on the best-selling novel by Daniel Woodrel

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By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2010
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I have to agree with the other reviewer who described this as one of the best films of the year but sadly it will only reach a limited audience. This is a fascinating and disturbing glimpse into the world of 'poor white trash' in Missouri. Ree Dolly is a 17yr old girl who cares for her mother and two younger siblings whilst her absent father is off cooking crystal meth. They are dirt poor and live on the charity of their neighbours and what they can hunt but they are also proud. Ree will not let her brother ask for help saying they will only accept what should be freely offered. Her errant father appears to skip bail and she has to find him before the bail bondsman takes their shack and they are all left homeless. This is a world where blood is still thicker than water but that doesn't mean your relatives are unwilling to spill it. Ree battles against a wall of silence and eventually brutality in her search where it appears no one will help her. Yes this film is bleak and at times can be brutal and yet through it all glimpses of human kindness and caring still shine through. The generally unknown cast do a fantastic job and leading lady 20 year old Jennifer Lawrence will struggle to better her superb performance in this film. This is a film to watchand absorb and then feel grateful for your comfortable life. It is also a film to tell your friends about.
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For me this is the movie of the year so far. It's quite a simple story, which I wont spoil for you now, but it is richly drawn and full of menace and suspense. Although the subject matter is often horrific and unsettling, it is always suggested than rather smeared all over the screen, makings it's impact more real. The acting is excellent throughout, with the characters being as convincing and they are frightening.

The heroine of the movie inspires admiration and affection, and even raises a few laughs despite her perilous predicament. Although the film portrays a landscape of desperation and desolation, it is ultimately satisfying and uplifting.
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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.

Recommended.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2015
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Set in the Ozarks this is a tale of a family pared back to nothing but their woods and their friends and family. When the father vanishes he puts the whole family at risk with his bail bond being secured on the house and land. His daughter must search for him; facing the Missouri version of omerta. A very involving piece, well acted and paced, set in an environment usually reserved for slasher movies and Redneck-baiting.
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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.
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