After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
David O. Russell
Robert De Niro
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.
After moving with her mother to a small town, a teenager finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. Things get more complicated when she befriends a boy who was the only survivor of the accident.
Her family home in danger of being repossessed after her dad skips bail and disappears, Ozark teen Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) breaks the local code of conduct by confronting her kin about their conspiracy of silence. Should she fail to track her father down, Ree Dolly, her younger siblings, and their disabled mother will soon be rendered homeless.
'Winter's Bone' is a nuanced and excellently constructed film.
The characters are portrayed brilliantly by the this fine cast of actors. The roles are played so well that the word "believable" would be a gross understatement.
The lead, Jennifer Lawrence, has an extremely bright future. I see why she got the lead in The Hunger Games' and 'Silver Linings Playbook.' This young lady has at least one Academy Award in the near term.
John Hawkes nailed his role. However, his acting is so consistent it's almost become under appreciated. He needs some bigger roles, he can carry a film.
The directing was almost perfect. There were a couple of lulls, but in a way, they added to the suspense.
What I really appreciate about the directing though is the actors were allowed to act.
The scenes, through effective dialogue (no unnecessary banter), facial expressions and background were left to speak for themselves.
The film had a quality that rewarded the viewer if the requisite attention to detail was paid.
That said, for me it became exponentially more rewarding.
I could go on and on, but if you haven't seen this film, do so.
It's high quality, an oasis in the Hollywood desert.
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