Winter's Bone

Winter's Bone
Ths multi-award winning movie (and Sundance favourite) is set in the Ozarks backwoods. The main occupation there is making and dealing illegal drugs. When dad gets bust, and skips bail, the sheriff comes to give the family a week's notice before eviction, as the house was surety for the bail. The 17 year daughter, effectively head of the household, resolves to track dad down and save the family. She sets off, going from one relative or contact to the other, and has to deal with the underground code of silence and lack of co-operation, balanced with their commitment to family. The director and cast have generally been well praised for their efforts.

100 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Drug abuse).
Detective/Mystery, Drama, Thriller, On the art circuit
Family is the main thing, sis.
Family is the main thing, sis.


Jennifer Lawrence, Isaiah Stone, Ashlee Thompson, Dale Dickey, Valerie Richards, Shelley Waggener, Garret Dillahunt, John Hawkes
Debra Granik
ScreenplayDebra Granik, Anne Rosellini, from the novel by Daniel Woodrell
MusicDickon Hinchliffe
CinematographyMichael McDonough
EditingAffonso Gençalves
Sound formats
Made in2010
Produced byAnonymous Content, Winter's Bone Productions

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

LanguageInfrequent, moderate
ViolenceInfrequent, mild
Drug abuseSome mild use of drugs
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Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Die Burger
Mariana Malan quote icon'n Donker, aangrypende fliek
Cape Times
Box Office
Ray Greene quote iconIf the film’s dramatic engine is in genre, Granik’s unflinchingly environmental direction and the uniformly nuanced and truthful performances she gets from every member of a vast ensemble launches Winter's Bone so far past any notion of formula or precedent that comparison is a futile exercise. This film is a thing all its own. Granik, Lawrence and all their collaborators have created a movie that doesn’t just deserve to be seen. It deserves to endure.
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
eye Weekly
Adam Nayman quote iconThe film’s second half, which elides predictable violent confrontation in favour of more poetic digressions — and features a smart, incredibly even-handed scene with a US Army recruiter — suggests filmmaking smarts.
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconEvery once in a rare while a movie gets inside your head and heart, rubbing your emotions raw. The remarkable Winter's Bone is just such a movie. Winter's Bone is unforgettable. It means to shake you, and does.
38 critics
Rottentomatoes critics
143 critics
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconBleak, haunting, and yet still somehow hopeful, Winter's Bone is writer-director Debra Granik's best work yet -- and it boasts an incredible, starmaking performance from Jennifer Lawrence.

What the People say

11005 Netizens quote iconBrilliant Genre Bender and Thematic Cauldron

Average .. 83%



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