Director: Debra Granik
Writer: Debra Granik & Anne Rosillini
Stars:Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Garret Dillahunt
WINTER’S BONE, an official selection of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival’s Dramatic Competition, was the recipient of the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award is story of 17 year-old Ree Dolly, Ozark Mountain girl; keeps her family including sick mother and two siblings together in poor remote area in absence of her drug dealer father. She sacrifices her career in Army to look after her family.
During her attempts to keep her family intact; she got surprised when the local Sheriff asks her to vacate home as her father put up their house as collateral for his bail. Unfortunately he disappeared before his trial in a week’s time, thus she is told family would lose the house. Despite knowing her father’s involvement in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth, she is determined to find him. However she faces abhorrence for herself being a daughter of drug dealer. She gets one message in all neighborhood: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people’s business. She twice risks her life for the sake of her family until the truth is unveiled and denies to pay attention to anyone’s advices. Ultimately her father’s brother, Teardrop, tells her he’s probably been killed.
She gets help from neighborhood finding her determination to help family; in finding her father’s body in nearby lake. Women took her to the body and for evidence they cut her father’s hands to provide to the police.
Slow but excellently shot film “Winter’s Bone” was supplemented by the Jennifer Lawrence acting is focused on how society reacts to family of culprit in remote rural areas. Her feelings to take family along and her desires to see his father again made movie perfect drama. The affliction she bears while woman cuts her father’s hand can only be seen on her face.