This film is so fresh and honest, it took my breath away. It made me realize what mediocre krap Hollywood turns out, with its super stars, special effects, and massive budgets. This low budget film is tough, real, and beautiful. There are several stunning camera sequences, like when Ree is searching for Thump (wait til you see this guy!) at a cattle auction. Hats off to director Deborah Granik; I'll watch every movie she directs from now on.
"With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She's taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a week's time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth, but everywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people's business. She refuses to listen, even after her father's brother, Teardrop, tells her he's probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed. (Written by garykmcd) "