Sound On Sight Radio #212: Winter’s Bone / Down To The Bone

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It’s been a thin year so far for hardcore film nerds. The summer schedule has been predictably stacked with sequels, remakes and other effects-laden disasters, and the arthouses haven’t yielded much worth talking about so far. One film that has garnered almost unanimous raves is Debra Granik’s grim rural mystery Winter’s Bone, which took top honors at this year’s Sundance and has been creeping along the continent ever since. We’ll let you know if the hype is justified, as well as taking a look at Granik’s first feature, 2004’s Down to the Bone, which introduced most of us to its star, Vera Farmiga.

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  1. […] 7- Winter’s Bone […]

  2. […] Winter’s Bone follows an unflinching Ozark Mountain girl who hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. The film was an official selection of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival’s Dramatic Competition, was the recipient of the Grand Jury Prize. I recommend you take a listen to our review of Winter’s Bone from episode #212 of Sound On Sight Radio. […]

  3. Justine says

    I loved Winter Bone. I always assumed that the decision to help her in the end, was because it seemed like the easiest solution at some point. POSSIBLE SPOILERS. When Teardrop decides to side with her, it is really the turning point. There is the indication that they did not want to deal with him. If anything serious were to happen to her after that point, they would potentially suffer disastrous repercussions. In the end, offering the hands is still really weird, but it offers closure. His transformation is still ambiguous, and I would take a bit more issue with that. Great discussion though, though I think my enthusiasm may dampen by the end of the year, right now it’s far and away the best thing I’ve seen. I am not sure if I would like to have seen the film go into mystery mode… it never really occurred to me though. I’ll keep it in mind when I rewatch it.

    1. Simon says

      Hey, I’m just happy people are actually listening to this one – even if I was a little disappointed in the flick. I’m sure I’ll revisit it on DVD, and I’m certainly curious about whatever her next film will be.

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