A woman (Vera Farmiga) stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.
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I agree a lot with RoryDean's comments about this film; promising in many ways, but ultimately flawed in its script and character depictions. Wonderful though to see Granik evolve further in "Winter's Bone".
This is clearly Granik's precursor to her more successful and engaging Winter's Bone. Here the film gets bogged down in its own melodrama, blank stares and incomplete character arcs make one feel as though they started a movie late and left early. The ending is abrupt and unrewarding. I kept waiting for the mood to change, for a glimmer of something more and ultimately realized by the end that there wasn't more.