Autumn 2010 Features series
Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 4:00pm
Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 7:00pm
Directed by Debra Granik
Screenplay by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini
Based on the book by Daniel Woodrell
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey, Garret Dillahunt
Rated 14A ·
Deep in the Ozark Mountains, clans live by a code of conduct that no one dares defy—until an intrepid teenage girl has no other choice. When Ree Dolly’s crystal-meth-making father skips bail and goes missing, her family home is on the line. Unless she finds him, she and her young siblings and disabled mother face destitution. In a heroic quest, Ree traverses the county to confront her kin, break their silent collusion and bring her father home.
With thrilling tension, Winter’s Bone depicts an archetypal rite of passage from adolescence to adulthood. Only this time, the young warrior is a girl. As our heroine braves immoveable obstacles, she redefines the notion of family loyalty and, in the process, discovers her own power. The spare precision of Debra Granik’s direction is effortlessly profound. Stunningly genuine performances and exquisite visual details capture the textures and rhythms of a world where the mythic and the naturalistic intermingle.
What we’ve been waiting for: a work of art that grabs hold and won’t let go. David Denby, The New Yorker