Director: Debra Granik. Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt. 100 min. Rated R. Drama.
Common 17-year-old Missouri girl living in one of the most primitive places on Earth (let alone the US) searches for her crack-cooking father who's jumped bail, to avoid losing her home - and is prepared to confront every risk imaginable. Sound too simple? It should, because this is a profound exercise in simplicity. Watching these people interact and live makes one wonder about the impossibility of survival in such places. But no matter how disconnected we feel, the movie does put us in the midst of the situation, making us worry for the young heroine. In itself, that's a miracle.
(Trivia: This was this year's Sundance Film Festival's winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Screenwriting Award.)