Choices made between a father and his 14 year old daughter have consequences, namely leaving her socially delayed and he unable to slay his demons.
The director Debra Granik also wrote and directed “Winter’s Bone.” Granik always portrays a story with regional people to give it flair. You get the folk music, the bar be cue and a general feeling of “being there” in her movies. This is a quiet and powerful journey. I found myself identifying with the dad but not too much. Each viewer will have to make up his mind about the dad. Ben Foster is the actor and he does a great whittled down job portraying this melancholy man. All adolescents try to rebel, this one is no different.
Maybe she finds there are good people who will help her if she lets them. Will her dad let the same help him? These are the questions of this very powerful and tear-jerker movie. As a film that leaves it up to you it is perfect. I would have preferred knowing more though, I’m lazy that way. Writers sometimes need to write a bit more. I give it a 8/10.