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Winter's Bone

With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She is taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father has put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a week`s time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth, but everywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people`s business. She refuses to listen, even after her father`s brother, Teardrop, tells her he is probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 10 Feb 2011
Genre: Thriller / Drama / Mystery
Running Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence
Director: Debra Granik
Format: NA

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Writer: Ezekiel Lee Zhiang Yang

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Watch this if you liked: “Isolation”, “Terribly Happy”, “Deliverance”, “Southern Comfort”, “Shotgun Stories”, “Frozen River”

Sparse and muted but oddly compelling, R-rated indie gem "Winter's Bone" is (at the time of writing) up for four Oscar nods including Best Pic; and it deserves all the distributor attention it's getting, if only because it's the least watched and probably the cheapest of the 10 nominees to shoot. Who would have thought that a US$ 2 million movie could turn so many heads?

It's a winner, alright. Critics have likened this to another Sundance winner, 2008's "Frozen River". Here, we follow "Down To The Bone" director Debra Granik through the Missouri Ozark backwoods of crime writer Daniel Woodrell's 2006 book, where 17-year-old Ree Dolly deals with a sick mother, starving siblings and a missing father - while buying time before her home is repossessed. It's a morality tale about the white underclass and the underground drug trade, underpinned by some remarkable performances from a completely committed cast.

In the lead, a young, classically-untrained Jennifer Lawrence ("The Burning Plain", 2008) puts in a turn so apt and convincing, she gets nominated by the Academy for Best Actress. Her star-making role as an almost dislikeable teenager is mature and suitably under-hit. Joining the restrained brilliance is John Hawkes ("Me And You And Everyone We Know", 2005) who is himself endorsed here under Best Supporting for his role as the menacing uncle Teardrop, a conflicted man with a superb character arc. Other turns include Garret Dillahunt as a stiff local sheriff and a feisty Dale Dickey as the town matriarch.

Perhaps the climax smacked too much of a fable and lacked a more memorable and dramatic reward for viewers but "Winter's Bone" definitely delivers - that is, if you didn't base your expectations on its completely inappropriate B-grade horror movie poster. It may well be the only film in recent times that is genuinely worth watching because some people thought it was Oscar-worthy. You'll like the music, too.

Cinema Online, 17 February 2011
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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