Tuesday, July 27, 2010

98. July 26, 2010 - Winter's Bone (2010)

This is a very dark story. The main character, a 17-year-old girl named Ree, has to care for her two young siblings as well as her catatonic mother as the government tries to take away her tiny shack and her extended family tries to kill her. It's shot in a bluish hue, even during day scenes, which makes the whole story feel hopeless and a little bit stifling. Jennifer Lawrence is fantastic as Ree and the film blends the poverty of Where the Red Fern Grows (hey, they both take place in the Ozarks, okay?) with the despair of last year's Frozen River. Not a happy film, but a very good one.
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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