Nineteen-year-old Jennifer Lawrence is right in the middle of the "This feels like a dream" stage of her life. There is a gentle kind of wonderment hovering around her, and to be truthful, it's lovely talking to someone when they're in that place.
Lawrence's dream state is coming by way of the film 'Winter's Bone', which won the top prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival -- a perfect venue for that kind of film, which is understated, magnificently cast, exquisitely directed and quintessentially American. It's a true backwoods masterpiece filmed entirely on location in the Ozarks of Southwestern Missouri. Adapted from Daniel Woodrell's novel of the same name, 'Winter's Bone' is a fine example of Ozarks noir, as many critics have called it, and that's employing the true definition of "noir".
Jennifer has the lead – a character named Ree Dolly, a proud, poor teenager responsible for the welfare of her two kid siblings and her mentally-damaged mother. Her father, on the run from the law (he cooks meth, often in concert with kin), has put their house and land up for his bail bond and then missed his court appearance. Ree has to track him down and if she fails, she and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods.