Winter's Bone

D: Debra Granik
Roadside Attractions (Anne Rosselini & Alix Madigan)
US 2010
100 mins


W: Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini [based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell]
DP: Michael McDonagh
Ed: Affonso Gonçalves
Mus: Dickon Hinchliffe

Jennifer Lawrence (Ree Dolly), John Hawkes (Teardrop Dolly), Lauren Sweetser (Gail), Garret Dillahunt (Sheriff Baskin), Dale Dickey (Merab), Shelley Waggener (Sonya)

Before her career went stratospheric with her casting in The Hunger Games movies and Oscar win for Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence made her breakthrough in this small independent movie released in 2010.
She plays Dee Rolly, whose father goes missing shortly after putting their house up for sale to finance his bail bond. Facing a cold winter homeless in the woods, Dee searches for her father in a journey that sees her uncover some ugly truths.
Excellent performances by Jennifer Lawrence & John Hawkes carry this movie. It's a bleak, often depressing watch but very reminiscent of something the Coen brothers would do (minus the twist of their unique humour). It caused a little surprise when it was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, though nods for Lawrence and Hawkes were very deserved.

Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone
Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone