Debra Granik’s lean, gritty, and sometimes shockingly violent odyssey of search and survival in the poorest backwoods of the Ozarks won this year’s Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Ree Dolly, played with mature toughness by 19-year-old newcomer Jennifer Lawrence, must find her missing father if she’s to keep the ramshackle home where she takes care of her little sister and brother and her mentally absent mother. This is lawless, meth-cooking country; and the family and neighbors she goes to for help offer precious little help or truth; but there’s not a false moment, or a false step from the pitch-perfect cast. The film is based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell. Rated R. 99 minutes.
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