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4,819 Ratings

Winter's Bone

Directed by Debra Granik
United States, 2010
Drama, Thriller, Crime


Faced with an unresponsive mother and a criminal father, teenager Ree Dolly does what she can to manage the household and take care of her two younger siblings. Informed by the sheriff that their father put their home up for bond and then disappeared, Ree sets out on a dangerous quest to find him.

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Winter's Bone Directed by Debra Granik

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2010 | 2 wins including: C.I.C.A.E. Award (Forum)

Academy Awards

2011 | 4 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

Sundance Film Festival

2010 | 2 wins including: Grand Jury Prize (US Dramatic Competition)

Independent Spirit Awards

2011 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Female

2011 | 5 nominations including: Best Feature

The whole film reads like an exemplary literary classic, complete with the rich symbolism of fire and ice. The layers are so well established that instead of subtle complication the whole film is propelled by an internal logic that is crisp, cohesive and complete.
November 12, 2010
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The stripped and collapsed world brought to the screen . . . stands in stark contrast to representations of similar territory in indie films from the Bush era. . . . In Winter’s Bone, people are poor and dangerous, which is to say they have dignity.
August 23, 2010
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You could call it a Sopranos-style crime-family melodrama, a quasi-documentary portrait of poor, white rural culture in the Ozarks, a Southern gothic fable or a coming-of-age yarn with an irresistible and unstoppable teenage female protagonist. Really, it’s all those things, and even where those genres or styles seem incompatible, Granik pulls them together into a forceful, breathless, compassionate thriller.
June 13, 2010
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