Winter’s Bone

Year: 2010
Production Co: Anonymous Content
Director: Debra Granik
Writer: Debra Granik
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence

I've been disappointed with high profile, award-winning films before, but seldom as bored as I was watching this. It was one of those movies where I felt like I was watching the B-roll or deleted footage.

Hollywood has a long history of shoveling accolades on top of movies about people who are everything Hollywood types aren't (ie poor, ugly, fat or stupid) – look at films like Monster, Heavy and Forrest Gump.

The only thing I can attribute the appeal of this film to for so many people is because it's set in a contemporary America of mobile phones, wireless Internet and the empowerment of minorities. But it's with horror we realise there are still pockets more like something out of Davy Crockett. In this one, for example, a 17-year-old girl has to take care of her two young siblings in a broken down world of ramshackle homes in a frozen mountain locale and a fearsome, string-tie wearing older man runs the neighbourhood to the extent of ordering her beating and kidnapping for poking her nose where it doesn't belong.

Ree (Lawrence) is trying to track down her drug dealer Dad after marshals tell her she'll lose the family shack unless he turns up to answer his summons. She visits various scary, hair and terminally angry relatives and neighbours in her search who treat her in a way that would have been out of line in the 19th century, let lone today.

Unfortunately it's all so slow to unfold I had a very hard time sticking with it to the end. I can see Lawrence's star quality like everyone else though, and I hope she does much better films than this with her newfound clout.

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