The Twenty-First Century

Winter’s Bone [2010]

The heroine in this small but effective movie is a 17 year old girl who acts as a mother to her younger brother and sister. Her sick mother sits useless all day, while her father, who was jailed for cooking meth, is missing. Apparently, he put up their house as collateral for his bail, and unless he shows up for his trial in a week’s time, they might lose it all. She knows her dad is involved in local drug trade, and everywhere she goes, people keep telling her to turn around and go home. Too stubborn to listen, our young heroine pushes on, putting her own life in danger, even after her dad’s brother tells her he’s probably been killed. Her pride won’t allow her to cry or beg, as she explains: “Don’t ask for what should be offered”. “Winter’s Bone” won the grand jury prize at last year’s Sundance film festival. However, it may not be for everyone’s taste; there are no fast paced scenes, and the happy moments are very little, fast, yet poignant. If you’re a patient viewer, then you will find this movie to be very rich and rewarding; it means to shake your emotions, and does. Kudos to newcomer Jennifer Lawrence (who gives a wonderful performance), and to everyone involved in this small, but heartwarming tale of family and sacrifice.

Rating: 3/4

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