Winter’s Bone, the surprise movie of the 2010 award season, showed off numerous accolades, including 4 Oscar nominations, a few Sundance awards, amongst others. In fact, it was seen so little in theaters, it was actually the lowest grossing film to be nominated for an Oscar. The low grossing might have something to do with the slow plot, the lack of any sex or action, or simply the dark cold atmosphere of the film.
Set in the Ozarks, Winter’s Bone has the same mood as it’s setting. Cold, dark, harsh, unpleasant, both the weather and the film set high marks in these areas. The story revolves around 17-year old Ree. Aside from taking care of her two younger siblings, her sick mother, and keeping the house in order, she must now find her drug-dealing father, who is on the run, in order to keep her home.
Even though I am not the biggest fan of slow moving dramas that sometimes drag, I kinda enjoyed Winter’s Bone. The emotions Jennifer Lawrence has to portray is staggering, and she does it all in stride. The setting, from what I’ve heard, is dead on from real life, and it really shows how this movie could really happen to someone. Great acting, and even greater setting and mood make this one of the years best.