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Winter's Bone

An overwhelming sense of brooding darkens the tone of an otherwise Triumphant narrative.

Structure: 5/5 | Entertainment: 4/5

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Winter's Bone attributes most of its success to a healthy and robust narrative. Complete coverage of all Four Throughlines and story points that resonate with integrity, the film delivers a meaningful—if heart-breaking—message of triumph.

At first, one may consider "Saving the Farm" the centerpiece and focal point of the narrative. Ree (Jennifer...

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