Sundance

Review: Winter's Bone

Winter's Bone avoids the rural-themed art house cliches. The plot moves along briskly - there aren't the monotonous landscape-indulgent pauses that plagued Frozen River and its ilk. The accents seem unaffected, and the film relies on story and character, so that concerns over "genuineness" are forgotten. It eschews both Hollywood mawkishness and indie over-understatedness.