This was the surprise film for me in 2010. Despite having a relatively unknown cast led by Jennifer Lawrence this film managed to garner four Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Lawrence herself was also nominated for Best Actress in her first major starring role. Winter’s Bone would also win AFI’s Movie of the Year.
The story is a gritty one centered around Ree (Lawrence) a young woman trying to keep her family together despite the abscence of her drug dealer father who has gone missing. Her search for her father leads her into an underworld of Ozark drug addicts and dealers who have nothing to say and a lot to hide. She has to face off with these people despite being young and alone. Her only support comes from her father’s brother Teardrop (John Hawkes) who is caught in between the Ree and the world she needs to break into. Her journey is not easy, but it’s something she has to do to save what little her family has.
This is a visually stunning movie that achieves so much. The acting is incredible as the people create this world in a realistic and dirty fashion. This is partly due to the writing which weaves great dialogue into the incredible scenes. Although it’s amazing this is a film for mature adults since it deals with rough people in a rough world of drugs and violence.
I would give this film a 4.4 out of 5 stars.
Running Time: 100 minutes