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Monday, November 15, 2010

WINTER'S BONE

By D.E.Levine

Director: Debra Granik
Writer: Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini (screenplay); David Woodrell (novel)
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Isaiah Stone, Ashlee Thompson. Valerie Richards, Shelley Waggener, Garrett Dillahunt et al.
Producers: Alex Madigan and Anne Rosellini
Executive Producers: Jonathan Scheuer and Shawn Simon
Co-producer: Kathryn Dean
Associate Producer: Michael McDonough
Line Producer: Kathryn Dean
Original Music: Dickon Hinchliffe
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Genre: Dram, Mystery, Thriller

Jennifer Lawrence gives an amazing performance as Ree Dolly, a 17-year old in the Ozarks, who acts as a homemaker for her younger brother and sister and a caregiver for her mentally ill mother.

Her father, who was jailed for cooking methampethamine, is now absent from the scene and gives no emotional or financial support to the family.

By scraping along on welfare and the assistance of kind neighbors, Ree undertakes to be the head of the household and the head of the family.

Filmed on location in the Ozarks, this film resembles the depression despite the fact that it takes place in the present.

Despite the lack of parental guidance, Ree has grown up a strong, self-reliant young woman. Therefore it's no surprise that when the local sheriff reports that Ree's father Jessup has skipped bail and put up the house to meet his bond, Ree sets out to find him so that the family won't become homeless within the week.

In her own quiet way, without threatening or boasting, Ree becomes a hero and steadfastly believes that people will "do the right thing."

During the search for her father, Ree must meet with his brother, her uncle, and face the fact that Jessup is probably dead. The problem is that without proof, such as a body, the family will still be put out of the house and become homeless.

As Ree conducts her journey, there is a quiet, steadfast resolve, and the writers focus on the humanity of each character instead of the type of the type of caricature they seem to represent.

This is not a happy film. The story and the characters are almost too much to bear. However, throughout it Ree remains optimistic and strong, never allowing herself to be torn down by the conditions and surroundings.

Truly, Winter's Bone is a remarkable film and commentary on life and human existence.