If any of you are harboring any romantic suppositions about what growing up selling smack in southwest Missouri would be like, you need to see Winter’s Bone. I haven’t spent as much time as some folks down in those parts, but I live right near there, and have been through and around the area enough to speak to some of the accuracies in the film. I was touched and moved by how correctly the Ozarks were depicted.
And it’s not just the area, but the people too. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I don’t know what relevance this will have to you, but, in reality, Ozark men are (if possible) more toothless and unintelligible, the women are more homely and frightening, the children are snottier, filthier, and not as well dressed. I don’t know where they found these actors, but my hat is off to them. Eerily spot on.
The movie spares no grit, still, there is a nostalgic charm to it, or at least there was for me. Some of the characters, not so much the drug dealers, but definitely the main character (Jennifer Lawrence, to be Katniss in the upcoming Hunger Games movie (can’t wait; I am so excited!)) are strong and admirable. Life is hard, but she bears it with grace and determination.
I also loved the accent or dialect. Her friends call her “sweet pea” and “baby girl” and it rings very sweet and true. Also, there is one part where she is walking through the woods and you can hear a bird that sounds just like the birds that live in the woods out here. Very, very accurate.
The movie was very violent, and, at times, heart-wrenching, but also beautiful. I don’t know if it would make anyone want to move out here, but if you live out here, it kind of makes you proud, in a weird and (probably) twisted way that I still haven’t quite worked out. If any of that appeals to you, give it a shot.