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Winter’s Bone

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Winter’s Bone (2010)  Directed by Debra Granik (Down to the Bone (2004))    This excellent, and award-winning, independent film, written and directed by Debra Granik , based on the eponymous novel by Daniel Woodrell, in its grim, spare, haunting evocation of  life’s extraordinary harshness, and the brutality with which humankind often seems over-endowed, offers, as well, inspiring moments of love, respect, tenderness and devotion.  The screenplay, lighting, cinematography and directing are truly inspired and the acting, especially Jennifer Lawrence (The Burning Plain (2008), The Hunger Games (to be released in 2012)) as Ree Dolly, an inspiring and determined, rural poor young woman, but also John Hawkes (The Perfect Storm (2000), American Gangster (2007), Contagion (2011)) as her fearsome, methamphetamine-addicted uncle, Teardrop, and, in fact, virtually the entire cast, is simply superlative.  Often described as “country noir“, this is a hard, violent film with a great deal of tension, and may not be for everyone.  Nevertheless, for those interested in serious, contemporary American independent cinema, Winter’s Bone is without a doubt a must-see. (PR)

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One Response to “Winter’s Bone”

  1. […] Ruby Dee (A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Do the Right Thing (1989)), John Hawkes (excellent in Winter’s Bone (2009)), Cuba Gooding Jr. (As Good as It Gets (1997), Pearl Harbor (2001)) and others.  A […]

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