Winter’s Bone (2010)
Winter’s Bone was the random movie thrown into the nomination list this year that nobody has ever heard of. It was an acclaimed indie that made its way through the festival circut and won a bunch of awards. However, that doesn’t change the fact that nobody had ever heard of it. That being said, people should hear about it. The film was very well done and without a doubt deserved it’s nomination.
With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence in an Oscar-nominated role) keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She’s taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father 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’s 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.
The performances in this film are incredible. In the next few years, with X-Men First Class coming out now, Jennifer Lawrence is going to be a force to be reckoned with. The supporting cast is great as well.
Winter’s Bone is action-packed and keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat until the end, when all is finally revealed.