First of all, the Winter’s Bone movie is a curious blend of realism, gangster, and noir. If you’re curious about this movie, it’s a backwoods tale of a teenage girl who becomes entangled in some serious family drama. It’s a movie that takes “misery loves company” to new territories, to the Missouri Ozarks to be specific.
The movie is an adaptation of a 2006 novel by the author Daniel Woodrell.
Winter’s Bone Plot
Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) is a teenage girl in a dysfunctional family. Her mother is sick and unable to move. Her father is a suspected drug dealer who went missing after signing up their family homestead as a bail bond collateral. After the local Sheriff Baskin (Garret Dillahunt) shows up at her doorstep warning her of eviction, she embarks on a quest to find her father. All the while taking care of her depression-stricken mother and younger brother and sister.
She considers joining in the US army, in hopes of collecting the $40,000 cash bonus advertised in the recruitment posters. Her father is nowhere to be found and is a suspected criminal in crystal meth manufacture. She only has one week to find him. In order to keep the tumbledown roof over everybody’s head, she must be the man of the family.
As the movie unfolds, Ree is racing with time to find her father but first, she must uncover untold family secrets.
The screenwriters Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini adeptly portray the wretched and intertwined world of a dysfunctional family. Everything from lighting to camera angles and special effects serves to intensify the sickening atmosphere. Thus, the viewer teleport to a gloomy world of suspense with every scene.