July 27, 2010
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Ree Dolly is a 17 year old girl dealing with a great deal more than someone her age should. Her mom is basically catatonic and her father is constantly evading the law, forcing Ree to raise her 2 younger siblings on her own. The film follows Ree as she tries to keep her family together and keep the house from being turned over to the bondsman her dad dealt with. When he skips his court date, she must scramble to keep her family from being homeless.
Seeing this movie in the summer is a pleasant break from the hot sun. The color pallette of the cinematography is sullen and cold, like a cloudy winter’s day. The film, based on the book of the same name, unfolds slow and deliberate. It isn’t sluggish, but the plot unfolds like a true literary film. It concerns itself more with what is going on with the characters than with specticle. And that is what makes it resonate.
The characters are rich and real, many times I forgot these area actors. The sets (I overheard) were shot on location, with almost everything being found looking like it does. The attention to detail takes you into Ree’s world and you feel it wash over you. A great summer indie, 4 out of 5 Stars