Winter’s Bone

January 7, 2011

Featured, Reviews

Cold (literally), suspenseful, gritty and harsh.  A story told with such a sense of honesty and sympathetic and balanced pace that you wonder where the hour and a half went.

With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She’s taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a week’s time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth but anywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people’s business. She refuses to listen, even after her father’s brother, Teardrop, tells her he’s probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed.

Source: IMDB


Certainly it is harsh (punishingly so) at times, but the whole story and perhaps the scenario of hardship presented (which I assume to be an accurate portrayal) is so visceral that you find yourself fully-engaged for the whole movie. Nothing is overplayed and every character is exposed just enough that you very quickly feel an empathy with one or more of the characters.

Nothing is lost on DVD, but for an extra layer of reality, watching it in HD really draws you into the ‘stage’.



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An information and engineering technologist. Unabashedly opinionated, open-minded and an oft overthinker. Born Sydney Australia, home of the 'Southerly Buster'

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