Directed by Debra Granik. The brother who was incapable of providing for his household and who left behind him nothing but a daughter who was forced to act for him. The double-edged nature of Ree’s non-gendered identity is beautifully explored through her relationship with Teardrop: * Ree’s father cooks crank for a living. Yes, a man may well have an easier time rising to the top than a woman but at the same time a lesbian woman may well have an easier time of it than a trans man and a black man may lead a harder life than an asian woman while a one-legged Baha’i woman may find doors opening to her that have previously been shut in the face of a HIV+ Catholic. Winter's Bone really is one to treasure, for its skilled, economical storytelling, its committed sense of place and its full-blooded playing. He is out on bail following an arrest for manufacturing meth. Teardrop is a terrifying presence. So, if Ree cannot find either her father or her father’s body, she will not only be left to look after her family. Club put the film at No. The film has an approval rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 174 reviews with an average score of 8.31/10. The bondsman gives Ree the cash portion of the bond, which was put up by an anonymous associate of Jessup. Suddenly, the picture starts to snap into focus. They tell Ree to reach into the water and grasp her father's hands so they can cut them off with a chainsaw; the severed hands will serve as proof of death for the authorities. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence as a teenage girl in the rural Ozarks of Missouri who, to protect her family from eviction, must locate her missing father. Indeed, when Ree points out to Thump’s grand-daughter that her father cooked crank for Thump, the grand-daughter responds by saying that ‘they all do it’. Thump lives in what appears to be an abandoned breaker’s yard. If Ree is born into a life of misery it is because she has been born into a family structure without clear roles and boundaries. Unmistakably filmed on location, this film focuses on a society that has been left behind. He is like a male lion and the male lion is not the pride. According to Kyriarchy, dominance is not a question of GLBT vs. Straight, Black vs. White, Male vs. Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) was born into a life of misery. The only reason a death does not follow is that the sheriff decides to back down. He warns her that if she finds out who did, she must not tell him. It portrays humanity as individuals utterly incapable of escaping the demands placed upon them by institutions which, were they human, would be described as psychopathic. The dynamic nature of human oppression goes some way to explaining the extent to which women can be complicit in the oppression of other women. After a tense standoff, where Teardrop implies that he knows the Sheriff leaked that Jessup was an informer, Teardrop convinces the sheriff to let them leave without any interrogation. The Winter’s Bone quotes below are all either spoken by Ree Dolly or refer to Ree Dolly. The dynamic nature of human oppression goes some way to explaining the extent to which women can be complicit in the oppression of other women. Ree tries to go see Milton again and is severely beaten by the women of his family. It’s beautifully shot, showcasing one of the faces … Teardrop rescues Ree, promising her attackers that she will not cause more trouble. Daniel Woodrell's novel Winter's Bone -- a dark family saga set in the Ozarks — was adapted into a film in 2010. Set in the Ozark mountains, the film tells the story of a seventeen year-old girl as she navigates the terrifying network of hatreds, fears and obligations that holds together her impoverished rural community. Had Thump or his men been involved then Teardrop would have to get involved, the fact that it was women who beat up Ree suggests that there is still some room for discussion and rational negotiation. Ree tries to give Jessup's banjo to Teardrop, but he tells her to keep it at the house for him. Densely atmospheric, beautifully shot and well acted – the film is […], […] A piece on Granik and women’s oppression of women. Thump does not rule by himself. [4], Roger Ebert gave the film 4 out of 4 stars, praising Lawrence's steely "hope and courage" that remains optimistic despite her tribulations, and calling attention to Granik's direction that avoids passing moral judgment on the characters or descending into stereotypes. Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik, USA, 2010) is a quest movie with a deadline: Ree Dolly’s father has put up the family home and the land they live off as bond for his bail.As the film begins, we’re told he’s due to go to court but the Sheriff can’t find him. "[3] The film also has a score of 90 out of 100 on Metacritic based on reviews from 38 critics indicating "universal acclaim". She has yet to commit to that specific set of social constraints. Teardrop and Thump are not inherently psychotic, they simply act that way because that is what it means to be a man from the Ozark mountains. Teardrop responds by ruefully shaking his head and commenting that she has evidently not yet ‘acquired a taste for it’. The website's critical consensus states: "Bleak, haunting, and yet still somehow hopeful, Winter's Bone is writer-director Debra Granik's best work yet — and it boasts an incredible, starmaking performance from Jennifer Lawrence. “The astonishing thing is not that some people steal or that others occasionally go out on strike, but rather that all those who are starving do not steal as a regular practice, and all those who are exploited are not continually out on strike: after centuries of exploitation, why do people still tolerate being humiliated and enslaved, to such a point, indeed, that they actually want humiliation and slavery not only for others but for themselves?”. By allowing the effectively orphaned Ree to navigate a path through her community, Winter’s Bone is suggesting that she might somehow escape from the institutions that surround her but her growing relationship with her uncle and that uncle’s need to avenge his brother’s death strikes a discordant minor chord in what would otherwise be a beautifully melodic ending. In a later scene, the sheriff seeks to explain to Ree that he backed down in order to protect her but it is abundantly clear that Ree thinks him not only a coward but actually un-manly. Ree is escorted through this post-apocalyptic landscape by Thump’s grand-daughter who takes Ree first to a minor underling named Little Arthur (Kevin Breznahan) and then to the house of the Big Man himself. Daughter to a father whose skill at cooking amphetamine has left him permanently either in prison or on the run from the law, Ree has been left to provide not only for her two younger siblings but also her mentally ill mother. This initial encounter with male authority sets the tone for Winter’s Bone: In the Ozark mountains, men are irrational and alien. It is upon the naked winter bones of the family that the summer flesh of corporation, government and religion is layered. It looks like Walker Evans' photographs of the rural Depression, brought forward to today. Auto Focus (2002) – Made Free, Yet Everywhere in Chains, REVIEW – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), REVIEW – What Have I Done to Deserve This? Her performance is more than acting, it's a gathering storm. ♦ Published in the print edition of the July 5, 2010 , issue . Winter’s Bone is a beautiful but harrowing exploration of life at the sharp edge of human politics. According to Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, the face of human oppression takes myriad forms. [12], The film won the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Film and the Best Screenplay Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The best of these films use the art of storytelling to reveal deep truths about human nature. A few nights later, the Milton women who beat Ree come to her house and offer to take her to "[her] daddy's bones". Later, Ree talks to an Army recruiter about enlisting for the $40,000 bonus, but he tells her that she needs her parents' signatures to enlist, and that she has the wrong reasons. Valerie Richards as Connie - Ree's mentally ill mother. Rather than seeking to placate the lawman, Teardrop reaches for his rifle and a tense stand-off ensues. Released mid-2010, Winter’s Bone was a deserved sleeper hit bolstered by extremely positive reviews and word of mouth.Set in the desolate, poverty stricken Ozark Mountains, USA, it tells the story of Ree (Jennifer Lawrence), a teenage girl searching for her ‘meth chef’ father after he jumps bail putting the family home at risk. In a recent post, I commented on what the film “Winter’s Bone” might reveal about white privilege. 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