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Movie Reviews

Film Review: “Winter’s Bone”

(Roadside Attractions. 1 hour, 40 minutes. Rated R for drug material, language and violent content. Directed by Debra Granik.) Jennifer Lawrence (Ree Dolly), John Hawkes (Teardrop), Kevin Breznahan (Little Arthur), Dale Dickey (Merab), Sheryl Lee (April), Sarah Byrd (Jessie), Kip Niven (Dentist). Music by Dickon Hinchliffe.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Winter’s Bone is a straightforward drama with an impressive performance by Lawrence. Her Ree is a 17-year-old, dirt-poor denizen of the Missouri backwoods with a lot on her plate. She’s caring for her two younger siblings and her crazy mom. Then she gets the news that her crank-dealing dad’s missing, and has put up their ramshackle home as bond. She takes it upon herself to find him, because she has no other choice. And when Ree makes up her mind, don’t mess with her…but she gets more than she bargained for. Good supporting cast, including John Hawkes (The Perfect Storm) as Ree’s brother-in-law Teardrop. He’s the scariest of a bunch of folks who are eventually reminded of their humanity underneath all the despair.