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Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly is a heroine with incredible courage in this gutsy, challenging and acclaimed thriller. Ree must confront her outlaw family’s code of honour to find her wayward father, who has used their house as his bail bond and disappeared without a trace. With a depressive mother and young siblings to care for, it is left to Ree to save the family from destitution. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
“Lawrence is excellent as Ree: intelligent, and possessed of a moral courage that commands respect. […] Granik tells her story not as a thriller, but a naturalistic drama, in which the thrills are the more potent for being unexpected, and she uses keening country music to underscore the stoicism and melancholy of this brutal, amoral world. ****” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Granik balances the pace and intrigue of a mystery thriller with total compassion for Ree, played with much skill by Lawrence. […] the film threatens to get stuck on a single note of gothic bleakness, but Granik punctuates this cloud of gloom with scenes of astonishing tension. ****” Dave Calhoun, Time Out (London)