Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Winter's Bone

We watched a movie called Winter's Bone over a couple of lunch times at work, about a teenage girl trying to track down her father in order to try and hold her family together.

Set in the grim Ozark Mountains of Missouri, the film is pretty hard going and tense viewing, but as the viewer you care so much about the main character, and are curious enough to find out the fathers' whereabouts to keep you in your seat the whole time.

Really well written, made and acted, and Jennifer Lawrence as Ree is very, very good. Great movie, but not for the faint-hearted.



Ali said...

I was in the video shop in a rare moment recently (when I was looking for Secrets and Lies) and they were playing this in the shop (I think it was the preview), and that few minutes of it was enough for me! Shudder ...

matt said...

Great movie. I watched it a few months ago, and I totally agree on the immersion into the story and the characters.
I actually grew up in the Ozarks of Missouri, so in a lot of ways, the film was fiercely familiar and incredibly accurate in its portrayal of that slice of civilization (using the term lightly).
Haunting, yet very human.
Definitely one to watch. The boat scene is one of the most intense scenes I've watched in a long, long time.

Ben McLaughlin said...

Ali- it is hard going, but worth it, I reckon.

matt- wow, you grew up in the Ozarks? I wish I could pick your brain about what it was like.

Oh yeah. The boat scene. Enough said.

matt said...

Haha...I never thought anyone would say "wow" after they found out I grew up in the Ozarks. I loved it, personally.

My entire childhood was spent building forts, fording creeks, and hiking trails in scenery just like the movie.

Unfortunately, with the amazing scenery and simple living comes the insanely reclusive people, the meth colonies where everyone is related, the absence of personal really can be another world when you get far enough from pavement.

We lived about three miles down a gravel road, and there was a man with a sign at the end of his 9-mile driveway: "You believe in Eternal Life, Trespass on my Property and Find Out"...

So yeah....The Ozarks.

Ben McLaughlin said...

Cool- interesting to hear about it mate. I still say 'wow':) said...

i loveeeeeeeeeeee winter's bone