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This haunting southern gothic noir draws you artfully into the moody, disturbing drama. Skinned squirrels, banjos, burnt out shacks, menacing hillbillies and a growing sense of impending threat. Atmosphere... Read more is more important than plot, the poetic realism of the rural settings creates a fairytale-like quality in which the young heroine journeys on her bleak odyssey. An astounding and underplayed performance by Jennifer Lawrence. Mesmerising.
One of the best movies I've seen this year. The storyline is built masterfully, the main character is played amazingly well, with subtlety. The story and characters are thoroughly developed, so despite... Read more their poverty you don't just see them as "poor people", and you don't just feel sorry for them, there's more to it. I didn't find it slow at all, perhaps because I'm American, there's a lot I see in there that others might dismiss as simply background.
A very black and sad story line but leaves a lingering impression and hope for the strong young woman character.
Well acted and a great watch. Will keep you interested. Recommend!
Great film making, excellent acting, and a storyline that, while slow, was riveting. I lost track of things a couple of times, but that was more due to my tiredness than the film itself. A depressingly... Read more believable portrayal of a slice of society.
really good - and just want something to work out right for her, but family drags her back. It is what holds her but what she has that fight for survival for as well. sad movie.
Although the subject matter is not at all uplifting, the story line, characters and setting are no doubt true to form
I found this movie very slow but i did enjoy it. The main actress was excellent in her role.
This family makes the Borgias' look good! Very slow movie, entirely character driven - not a thriller, but still very engaging. Probably too slow for some but I thought the acting was very good. ... Read more I love John Hawke - a very understated actor who is not as well recognised as he deserves to be. Rather bleak but ultimately upbeat at the end.
Lived up to all the hype. Intelligent storytelling, no wasted time on needless exposition here. Brilliant acting; both Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawke deserve the praise they garnered in awards season... Read more. I will be seeking out other movies from this director.