Academy Award® Nominee
17 year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods.... View more >
some drug material, language and violent content
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Lauren Sweetser... View more >
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This gripping drama is about a 17 byear-old girl searching for her father in the bleak backdrop of the Ozarks. "Winter's Bone" is a powerful haunting tale about the girl's search for hewr father. Is he diead or alive. Only the people who assocated with him can tell her, but they won't. Jennifer Lawrence gives the perrformance of the year as the 17 year-old girl who may be the most appealing and smartest girl in the movie. She is the guild to the horrible places in the Ozark which is full of shady characters and people who have no hope in life. The film is directed by Debra Granik who has made a powerful movie. "Winter's Bone" is one of the best movies of 2010.
This simple story about a strong 17-year-old girl looking for her bail-jumping father makes an impact due to the performance by newcomer Jennifer Lawrence and the bleak setting of southern Missouri.
In "The Road," Viggo Mortenson's character travels a post-apocalyptic world that is devoid of any joy or sense of wonder. The cold hard reality of his situation is reinforced in every scene as there is nothing but depressed reminders of the awful situation he is in. Whereas The Road was set in a fictional, post-cataclysm version of reality, Winter's Bone represents a picture of current time in a place that hope has forsaken.
What makes matters worse for Lawrence's character, is that she's hunting for a man that no one wants her to find. Pushed by the need to keep her family's home from being taken away, she goes looking for him. Many of the people she meets are related in some way, but a rampant sense of paranoia and secrecy pervade even the people that should be trying help one of their own. Just when you think you have every character she meets pegged as to their motivations or actions, one primary character gets involved. But, given the mood and setting of this movie, you're never quite sure if all is what it seems, or if ulterior motives are at play.
This movie is not predictable, and it's definitely not formulaic. There's no way to know in advance how this is going to turn out, as it could easily go in either direction to no surprise of the viewer.
If you're looking for a happy movie, this isn't it. If you're looking for an uplifting movie, this isn't it. If you're interested in seeing a movie that is different and features some good performances and has a good storyline, give Winter's Bone a try. It received its four Academy Award nominations for a reason.
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