Release Date: June 11, 2010
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, John
Hawkes, Kevin Breznahan, Dale
Dickey, Garret Dillahunt,
Sheryl Lee, Lauren Sweetser,
and Tate Taylor
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Director: Debra Granik
Executive Producer: Jonathan Scheuer and Shawn
Producer: Anne Rosellini and Alix
Writer: Debra Granik and Anne
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The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence as 17-year-old Ree Dolly. Ree has to take care of her younger brother and sister in a rundown cabin in the Ozarks because her mother has become mentally unfit to care for them and her father is always away helping out with her extended family’s illegal drug business.
Ree must track down her missing father when she learns that he put up their rundown farm for his bail bond and then disappeared. The sheriff tells Ree that, if her father doesn’t show up for his court date, she will lose the house. Her no-good relatives, including her cocaine-addicted uncle, threaten her that she better stop looking for her father if she knows what’s good for her.
Knowing she can’t take care of her mother and her siblings without the rundown farm, Ree keeps pushing her evasive relatives to tell her the truth about her father’s whereabouts. She begins to suspect her father is dead, but how can she prove that to the bail bondsman?
WINTER’S BONE is a powerful story of a teenager trying to keep her family together. The heroine knows that the lives of her defenseless brother and sister depend on her saving their small, rundown family farm. In that respect, the movie is a captivating, moral tale of courage, love and survival that ultimately is inspiring. The performances are also excellent, including Jennifer Lawrence as Ree. The movie does, however, include plenty of strong foul language, drug references and violence. In one scene, for example, Ree’s relatives, including the women, drag her into a barn and beat her up off screen. That’s when her drug-addicted uncle decides to take some responsibility and try to protect her.
WINTER’S BONE is one of the best independent dramas made in recent years. That said, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution because of its foul language, drug references and violence, which is strong but not excessive or gory.
WINTER’S BONE is a powerful story of a teenager trying to keep her family together. The heroine knows that the lives of her vulnerable brother and sister depend on her saving their small, rundown family farm. In that respect, the movie is a captivating, moral tale of courage, love and survival that ultimately is inspiring. It does, however, include plenty of strong foul language, drug references and violence. So, extreme caution is advised, although WINTER’S BONE is one of the better independent movies made in recent years.