Winter's Bone

Synopsis: With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She's taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a week's time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth, but everywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people's business. She refuses to listen, even after her father's brother, Teardrop, tells her he's probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Debra Granik
Production: Roadside Attractions
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 63 wins & 120 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min


Way down in Missouri

Where I heard this melody

When I was just a little baby

On my mama's knee

The old folks were humming

The banjos were strumming

So sweet and low

Hushabye my baby

Go to sleep on mama's knee

Journey back to these old hills

In dreams again with me

It seems like your mama

Was there once again

And the old folks were strumming

That same old refrain

Way down in Missouri

Where I heard this lullaby

When the stars were blinking

And the moon was shining high

And I hear mama calling

As in days long ago

Singing hushabye

Come on, Let's go.

[Wind blows]

[bluegrass on radio]

[Ree, softly]

Ashlee darling.


Wake up.



Wake up.


[Male Weatherman]

Temperatures are going

to do nothing but go down.

We'll have another very cold day tomorrow.

Morning. freezing rain.

The Freewill Baptist Church

is having a fundraiser,

a covered-dish event,

that's coming up here

on Thursday evening,

so they're having a band concert.

That will be on Friday night

at the high school.

Better than nothing.


[distant gunfire]


- [Water dripping]

- [country on radio]

Who's this?

Peanut Butter.

Where'd you find Peanut Butter?

In the woods.

He's sweet.

Spell "house."

- H-O-- [laughs]

- [laughs]




- Uh-uh.

- U.




7 plus 2.


[children chattering]



Cradle the head,

and then take him to your shoulder...

so he's up a little bit higher

but you're still supporting the head.

Make sure you hold this right under--

[Woman on P.A.]

Could I have your attention, please?

Forsyth, Missouri chapter

of the Family, Consumer,

and Career Leaders of America--


Hey, Ree.

...will meet this Friday at 3:00 p.m.

in Mrs. Boyer's room.

Truman University will be here--

Forward, march!

If you would like to attend,

please sign up in the counselor's office.

[Drill Leader]

March time.

[Drill Leader]

Forward, march.

The Marine Corps Birthday Ball

will be this Saturday in the men's--

All other P.C. cadets and their families

are encouraged to attend.

All right.

Hi, Sonya.

Hey, Ree.

You and the kids all right?

We're just a little short on cash right now.

How long's it been since the horse ate?

About four days.

That hay gets kind of expensive, don't it?

Yes ma'am.

Actually, l was wondering

if you could keep her with yours.

[gate clattering]

All right, Ginger, come on.

That's a girl.

There you go. There you go.

Have a little bit of that.

Come on. Get going.

Thank you, Sonya.

All right.

[chopping wood]


[car approaching]


[other dogs barking]

How are you today?

Ask me inside.

I need to talk some with your mama.

She don't talk much.



I was wondering

if I could ask you a few questions.


You better just tell me.

You know your daddy's

out on bond, don't you?

So what?

Looks like he's been cooking again.

l know that's the charges you laid on him,

but you ain't proved it on him.

You got to prove it every time.

Well, that won't be no hard thing to do,

but that ain't even why l'm here.

His court date's next week,

and l can't seem to turn him up.

Maybe he sees you and ducks.

That could be,

but where you all come into this is,

he put this house here,

and your timber acres, up for his bond.

He what, now?

Jessup signed over everything.

Now, if he doesn't show at trial, see,

the way the deal works is,

you all gonna lose this place.

You got some place to go?

l'll find him.

- Girl, I've been looking.

- I said I'll find him.

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Debra Granik

Debra Granik (born February 6, 1963) is an American New York City-based independent film and documentary film director and screenwriter. She is most known for 2004's Down to the Bone, which starred Vera Farmiga, 2010's Winter's Bone, which starred Jennifer Lawrence in her breakout performance and for which Granik was nominated for Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, and 2018's Leave No Trace, a film based on the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock. more…

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