"There's a bunch of stuff you're gonna have to get over being scared of."the main character, Ree, tells her little brother as she teaches him how to skin a squirrel.
For the average teenager, they choose not to do things that aren't appealing to them and run from responsibility when they have a chance. Many adults do the same, for that matter.
Winter's Bone tells the story of meth cooking, gang violence, and the effects of poverty, but not in urban areas - the hills of Missouri's Ozark Mountains.
Jennifer Lawrence gives a powerful performance as 17 year old Ree, a high school drop-out trying to raise her younger siblings, dealing with a catatonic mother, and a drug-dealing, missing father. This is a girl who doesn't want you to feel sorry for her. She sees what needs to be done and she does it, she sets aside her own dreams, and doesn't want handouts.
" Never ask for what ought to be offered."The engrossing story is simply of Ree's search for her missing father who has skipped bail, and their home her father put up as bond is now in danger of being taken away from the family.
The supporting characters are as interesting as Ree. Dale Dickey, who is always perfect in white-trash roles (i.e. Patti the Day Time Hooker in My Name is Earl), portrays a tough woods-woman protecting her Ozark mob leader. John Hawkes, the mild-mannered Jewish shop owner from Deadwood, is Teardrop, Rea's mean drug-addict uncle.
Winter's Bone won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year. It is available on DVD. This is a must-see for teens and adults.