Granik pays deference to the curious ways of the mountain folk, rejecting the prevailing hillbilly clichs to depict people with hardy survival instincts in the grip of financial hardship and addiction.
Winter's Bone was a story dealing with flawed characters and weakness that lead to ineviatable destruction. A drama well acted and directed. The blu-rey picture quality was very good. The somber theme was hard to forget.
Farmiga has etched something deeply personal and idiosyncratic here: a movie about a character who is simply trying to understand herself and her world -- and that opens up a lot of angst and conflict.
July's suspiciously contrived awkwardness notwithstanding, the picture is at its best when it cleaves to her experimental video aesthetic; framing the mundane with the wonder of a child-like perspective.