Title: Winter’s Bone
Director: Debra Granik
Writers: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini
Music: Dickon Hinchliffe
Cinematography: Michael McDonough
A powerful paean to the American indie film and emanates some truly chilling pathos to its audience, from female director Debra Granik’s second film (her debut feature Down To The Bone 2005 is a fierce work with a daring performance by Vera Farmiga), and it portrays a compelling story of an American impoverished family’s struggle to survive under the backdrop of equally needy Ozark Mountain with a potentially mind-blowing showdown.
The film has been gaining Oscar buzz since its release this Jan. After almost one-year campaigning, I think it will embrace its munificent fruit in this coming Oscar, especially for Jennifer Lawrence, a Best Actress nomination is sizeable now, John Hawkes and Dale Dickey are also likely to get some recognition after being in the shades for quite a long time. Also Debra’s script, directing are both Oscar-worthy, maybe a Best Picture nomination is not a pipe dream as well.
The photography is bleak and heart-wrenchingly beautiful, it lures viewers to unconsciously be submitted to the bewitching future of the protagonist. A precious quality of this film is that it offers us warmth in spite of the tough background, through the whole film, we can hardly assert that some characters are pure evil, there are plenty of stories and room behind every character, if one wants, many films could be derived from it.
It’s a truly pleasure to watch this film, it instantly becomes my No.3 film of 2010 (after Inception and The Kids Are All Right), one thing I have to mention is that the branch of John Hawkes’ character is a tad moot, but I can sense a self-doom destination hinted in the end. The final showdown scene on the river is blood-freezing and aftermath remains clear and distinct in my mind.