Director: Debra Granik
What would you do if you were a 17 year old girl and your drug making dad went missing and placed your family’s house and land up for his bond? Oh and let me add…your mom has lost her mind and you have two your siblings both depending on you for their very survival. You would go look for him just like 17 year old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) does throughout this film.
During the course of this beautifully written, filmed tragedy you will see the rugged Missouri landscape through the esctatic lens of cinematographer (Michael McDonough ). You will also hear some great backwoods music performed by Marideth Sisco . Most importantly you will be wowed by the performance of Jennifer Lawrence who plays the rough and tumble Ree with a stoic resolve that binds the audience to her character. By the end of the film, you would do anything in the world to help this girl save her home.
And we also see a beautiful character arch in her uncle Teardrop (John Hawkes) who you don’t like in the beginning but do like in the end…even though he really doesn’t change at all. Interesting how that happened.