New on DVD:
A girl only 17-years of age shouldn’t have to do these sort of things, and yet Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence, with a face that still blooms with youth but eyes as hard as history) takes to her unasked-for responsibilities with a brand of stoic resignation that comes only from bred-in-the-bone poverty. One look at the stunted Ozarks hills (so wistfully referred to in Missouri at times as “mountains”) and tumbledown shacks where Debra Granik filmed Winter’s Bone, and it’s clear exactly how far afield Ree’s expectations can afford to roam. The trees are as bare as the trash cars that litter the landscape, their branches like prison bars – Ree is just doing her time…
Winter’s Bone is now available on DVD. You can read the full review at PopMatters.