THE RUNDOWN: A 17-year-old (Jennifer Lawrence) and her uncle (John Hawkes) go on a hunt for her crack-cooking dad in an attempt to salvage the minimal life her younger siblings and mentally unstable mother are struggling to keep up in the Ozarks. You see, Dad’s got a court date coming up and he’s put their house up for bail.
WHY IT’S GOLDEN: Winter’s Bone is just one example of why you shouldn’t shy away from indie films on the sole basis that it’s indie: it’s a story that explores what it means to be family, gently tugging on human emotions, both depicted and in the audience. What this film does best is shed light on actress Jennifer Lawrence, as she brings forward a strong, heartfelt performance as the nurturing but take-no-crap Ree Dolly. John Hawkes as Teardrop, Ree’s uncle, plays his role fittingly, holding a fierce wall of intimidation for Ree’s protection but letting it down to reveal an honest heart for family, which is ultimately what this film is about. – Michelle
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