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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Jennifer Lawrence
John Hawkes
Kevin Breznahan
Dale Dickey
Directors
Debra Granik
Screenwriters
Debra Granik
Anne Rosellini
Running Time
100 minutes

Winter's Bone
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Winter's Bone

Plot
Seventeen year-old Ree Dolly (Lawrence) sets out to track down her bail-jumping dad after he uses the family home to secure his bond. Failing to find him will mean that she, her mother and siblings will have to fend for themselves in the bitter Ozark woods. Overcoming her kin’s code of silence and threats of retribution and violence, she slowly uncovers the truth behind her father’s disappearance…


Verdict
A vivid reworking of Daniel Woodrell’s novel that brings the book’s conflicted heroine to searing life in a piece of unhurried filmmaking too rarely seen these days.


Reviewed by Philip Wilding

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