Winter’s Bone is about a dirt poor country girl trying to find her dead beat dad because he skipped bail after putting the family home up as collateral. Her world is cold, lonely, filthy, hopeless and scary, and so is the movie. The back woods people she has to deal with are creepy and dangerous. The movie feels like a documentary about Deliverance country. It’s stark, powerful stuff. Depressing and hopeless, but compelling because not for a second does it feel like fiction.