Winter’s Bone (2010)

Debra Granik directs Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Dale Dickey in this hillbilly noir where a teenage daughter risks losing her own home unless she can find her fugitive father.

The movie that gifted us Jennifer Lawrence. Here she is all pinchable cheeks and steely determination as she faces off against a community that would rather beat her and leave her siblings homeless than let her find her ne’er do well daddy. The crime story runs itself in circles, but you (as always) care so much for Lawrence’s vulnerable yet unstoppable protagonist that even when the plot runs out of juice our attention never wavers. Granik captures the breadline politics and harsh living of the Ozark subculture with ease, it is a film where the biting cold spills through the frame. Also of note is John Hawkes (another favourite) who plays against type as a threatening uncle.

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