Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Winter's Bone: A Good One #21

A curious infant extends a finger and gently rings a bell. Children hold tiny chicks in scraps of flannel. An oil slick drifts lazily on the surface of a pond. When told to be quiet, a child instantly sneezes. A perfectly timed teardrop.

It's intricate details like this that elevate this taut independent thriller into the realm of greatness, however, you cannot discount authentic performances from locals and extras, an Oscar nominated turn by newcomer Jennifer Lawrence, a wonderfully gritty screenplay, and beautiful cinematography that was shot on location in rural Missouri. Bleak and leisurely-paced, gripping and thoroughly entertaining, and looks far more expensive than your run-of-the-mill independent feature. On pay-per-view.

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