Winter's Bone (A Mayor Koch Review)

07/14/2010 09:35 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Every review that I read of this film was extremely positive. As for me, my eyes never left the screen throughout the entire movie. Seventeen-year-old Ree (Jennifer Lawrence) lives with her family, including her sick mother, who is unable to speak, and her younger brother and sister. Her father has disappeared after having been arrested for making the illegal drug methamphetamine. In search of her father, Ree goes to see her relatives, the type of people who would have been denigrated in the past by being referred to as "hillbillies." We're taken on a tour of their lifestyle, and it is not pretty. Nor is it safe for Ree, who is beaten up for pursuing her father's whereabouts. We learn that he is persona non grata among his kin, because he endangered the lives of others involved in the manufacturing of meth when he spilled his guts to the sheriff.

The critics were right. The film is a gem. For my full review, including clips from the film, click below.