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Indie Film: Winters Bone!

From: Lynda
Sent on: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 9:39 PM
Our next once-a-month Independent Film Night will be on Saturday, January 22 (read further for film synopsis)! Because of limited space, the event is limited to the first twelve individuals who RSVP Yes. If you don't get a seat in time, feel free to sign up on the waiting list to receive an automatic RSVP seat and e-mail notification in the event of a cancellation (last minute cancellations are not uncommon so watch your e-mail closely, especially the last week & day before an event). We are right on the rail! Those who RSVP will receive the Downtown Tempe address (and directions for railing or driving in) over e-mail the day before.

There is no cover charge and free parking, but we ask that you bring an hors d'oeuvre (as opposed to a munchie) for twelve and a bottle of wine (or non-alcoholic bubbly) to share. If you RSVP Yes and later find you cannot make it, please change your RSVP to No as soon as possible so someone on the waiting list can automatically be assigned your seat. Please arrive no later than 7:50 (7:30 please if you need to heat an hors d'oeuvre yet). The movie will begin at 8:00.

So bon appetit in both the mental and culinary realms!

Winter's Bone (2010) is a powerful, disturbing film about Ree, a teenager who lives in poverty in the Ozark Mountains. She is desperately trying to care for, and keep a (albeit decrepit) roof over the heads of, her siblings and catatonic mother when she learns that her father, who was arrested for cooking meth, put their house up for bail, then disappeared. As one of the strongest female characters in my experience of cinema, Ree takes on the fierce, dangerous Ozark code of silence and kin loyalty in her fight to learn the truth, or as much of it that's necessary to save her family.

This is an extraordinary film with the disturbing realism of American History X, the rare anthropological study of an American subculture offered in Frozen River, and an exhibition of human resilience equal to that of the lead character in Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The relationship that develops between Ree and Teardrop, her father's brother and one of the most chilling characters in the film, as they "recognize" each others blood and spirit, is skillfully woven.

Critics view this as a dark, powerful, hardcore film "serving up a tough slice of backwater American life," and it is. But, I also found in it a significant element of hope. It continues to amaze me, in my experience and profession, how life is capable of drawing characters with the compassion, strength and resilience of Ree from such miserable backdrops. If you missed this film at the indie theatres this past summer (or found it worthy of a second view), here's your chance to experience Lynda's Vote (hands down) for Best of 2010 and a double award winner at the Sundance Film Festival!

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