09 June 2010

Winter's Bone

Directed by: Debra Granik
Written by: Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
Full credits at IMDb

Winter's Bone is what source-novelist Daniel Woodrell calls "country noir": it follows a tortuous missing-person investigation, but instead of rainy city streets, its characters trod Missouri mud; crank-cookers in jeans replace gangsters in suits; and a steely 17-year-old girl stands in for the wisecracking gumshoe. But director Granik, with DP Michael McDonough, shoots sans shtick in a shaky, washed-out style, fostering a naturalism that's both Bone's forte and failing.

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