Sunday, August 08, 2010
A poignant tale with a grisly turn, makes for a compelling film in Winter's Bone. A 17 year old in the rural US is looking for her father, who has put their house up for bond and has disappeared. If she can't find him before his court date, they will loose the house. She, her younger brother and sister and incapable mother live in the house, counting on their resourcefulness and the kindness of friends and family. As Ree searches for her father, we are shown the fabric of his life, the underbelly of an ugly drug culture. There is a beautiful tone despite the desperate situation. Ree is determined, tough, realistic and loving. The ending, though startling, maintains that tone.