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Winter’s Bone ☕ d. Debra Granik, 2010

I’m not the first person to make this observation, but it bears repeating — Winter’s Bone does for the Ozarks what The Wire did for Baltimore: illustrate a deep-seated web of corruption and moral ambivalence so pervasive that the usual notions of right, wrong, and legal are subordinated to the oldest law in the universe — survival.  Cowriter/director Debra Granik doesn’t waste time decrying how broken the law enforcement system is; she doesn’t really even waste her breath on condemning the criminals and villains of this backwoods jungle.  Instead, the film is a passive feat of empathy extended toward a single individual who has no chance of escaping this hellish muck. Continue reading


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