Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Movie Review: Winter's Bone

Went and saw Winter's Bone today with my friend Bob, and really enjoyed it, though it was hard to watch. In case you haven't heard about it, you can watch the trailer on YouTube, and here's the synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth.

Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell.

Lots of aspects of Ree's life reminded me of my own childhood: the distant, emotionally absent mother; how siblings were expected to feed and otherwise care for one another; how asking for help or complaining were severely frowned on; telling strangers anything about the family was strictly forbidden; how male family members "enforced" their command with violence, leading to the constant, imminent threat of violence, etc, etc. Plus, it was set in Missouri and Ree spends tons of her time walking around in them, like I used to.

It was such a powerful film. It spoke to a LOT of the problems facing poor, rural kids and the unwritten rules that determine who does what in certain regions of this country. The storytelling seemed effortless - one scene flowed into the other while the tension kept building and I just kept going "OH MY GOD this is the most beautiful horrible movie I've ever seen."

So if that sounds up your alley... you should give it a look-see.

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