Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sydney Film Festival Day 9 Review - Winter's Bone

Winter's Bone is a very different film out of the US. Showing a side of life in the US Ozarks that one rarely sees.

In an isolated community 17 year old Ree is left to care for her sick mother and younger brother and sister. When it looks like her father is not going to show for his court date the family house is in danger. Ree sets out to find her father opposition is found at every point from friends, the law and her family.

The close knit, inwardly facing community does not share information willingly or happily. In spite of the dangers she continues on intent on finding her father and saving the house. All the while this shows insight into the life she and those around her lead living hand to mouth.

A beautifully shot film it shows the start beauty of the landscape as well as it's menacing qualities. Stark, cold and difficult sums up the life and the land in the Ozarks. Engaging, slow-moving and heart-breaking sums up the film.

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