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  • MrGoodWood
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    All three of these “chilling” films were directed by women and all three were got a Best Actress nomination.

    So, which one is your favourite? 

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    babypook
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    Tough call.

    Winter’s Bone introduced me to Jennifer Lawrence. Not a negative in this case. John Hawkes is chilling indeed, and the tone and atmosphere of the film is effectively creepy.

    Frozen River features First Nations peoples, and reveals something about that lifestyle. And Melissa Leo, is spectacular.

    I like Niki Caro’s work, especially as a writer. She had a tad more money to work with than the above. But it’s unfortunate that North Country ‘bombed’ so badly with the Box Office. It didnt deserve to.

    I’ll go with Frozen River, but what tips the balance for me is political.

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    3# I don’t really like “Winter’s Bone”. It’s a decent film and Lawrence is good in it (not Oscar-worthy, though) and I love the realness vibe of Dale Dickey, but that’s it. The plot is not very interesting and the whole film is basically about Lawrence walking around the neighborhood hoping for someone to beat the shit out of her. Not fascinating. 

    2# “North Country” is a very underrated and good film with an outstanding lead  performance by Charlize Theron. It’s a very well-put and human story about the scary abuse of women in a mostly male-centered work place.

    1# Easily “Frozen River”. And I love Melissa Leo in it. Such a well-deserved Oscar nomination.The late and much missed Misty Upham is also amazing! And the whole film is just very moving, interesting and exciting as hell. I’m a huge fan. 

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    babypook
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    3# I don’t really like “Winter’s Bone”. It’s a decent film and Lawrence is good in it (not Oscar-worthy, though) and I love the realness vibe of Dale Dickey, but that’s it. The plot is not very interesting and the whole film is basically about Lawrence walking around the neighborhood hoping for someone to beat the shit out of her. Not fascinating. 

    2# “North Country” is a very underrated and good film with an outstanding lead  performance by Charlize Theron. It’s a very well-put and human story about the scary abuse of women in a mostly male-centered work place.

    1# Easily “Frozen River”. And I love Melissa Leo in it. Such a well-deserved Oscar nomination.The late and much missed Misty Upham is also amazing! And the whole film is just very moving, interesting and exciting as hell. I’m a huge fan. 

    Lol.

    She was struggling to support her family, when she is a kid herself. The film strays from “Middle America” and shows the audience a very different kind of lifestyle, with violence as a menacing backdrop.  I mean, she shoots squirrels so her family can eat. Skins them too. Around here, I feed and befriend them. Very different n’est ce pas?

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    Fishbiscuit
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    I’ll go with “Frozen River.” It felt the most authentic to me and while Leo got all of the praise Upham was the acting MVP of that film. 

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    [quote=”Vincelette”]

    3# I don’t really like “Winter’s Bone”. It’s a decent film and Lawrence is good in it (not Oscar-worthy, though) and I love the realness vibe of Dale Dickey, but that’s it. The plot is not very interesting and the whole film is basically about Lawrence walking around the neighborhood hoping for someone to beat the shit out of her. Not fascinating. 

    2# “North Country” is a very underrated and good film with an outstanding lead  performance by Charlize Theron. It’s a very well-put and human story about the scary abuse of women in a mostly male-centered work place.

    1# Easily “Frozen River”. And I love Melissa Leo in it. Such a well-deserved Oscar nomination.The late and much missed Misty Upham is also amazing! And the whole film is just very moving, interesting and exciting as hell. I’m a huge fan.

    Lol.

    She was struggling to support her family, when she is a kid herself. The film strays from “Middle America” and shows the audience a very different kind of lifestyle, with violence as a menacing backdrop.  I mean, she shoots squirrels so her family can eat. Skins them too. Around here, I feed and befriend them. Very different n’est ce pas?

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    Yeah, I know. I’m just kidding. But God, the lead character is so annoying. 

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    Michael Norris
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    I haven’t seen Frozen River, but Winter’s Bone is one of my favorite movies of the last few years. North Country was very good as well.

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    Winter’s Bone. The movie is almost as good as the book.

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    Icky
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    North Country is essentially a decent Lifetime movie with an A-list cast.

    I like Frozen River. I recall it being in my top 8 for 2008, which was a wane year for movies. But I also recall the movie not fully committing to the harsh vision it displayed in its first half and settling for the easy route in its third act. Still a good movie nonetheless. 

    Winter’s Bone is still in my top ten movies of the decade thus far. The way it builds dread, its atmosphere in general, the star making turn by Lawrence and the should have been Oscar winning performance by Hawkes has made it a movie I’ve returned to quite often. 

     

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    Philip T.
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    For me:

    1. Winter’s Bone
    2. Frozen River
    3. North Country

    The leading performances:

    1. Melissa Leo
    2. Jennifer Lawrence
    3. Charlize Theron

    I’m not really a fan of North Country and Theron tries her best with the material she has, which is not quite much, to be honest. 

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    Jake
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    For me “North Country” was offensively bad in terms of its storytelling and one-dimensial characters. Charlize Theron did what she could but it’s a shame she was nominated for that and not “Young Adult” or “Mad Max”.

    I have yet to see “Frozen River”. I had a few chances but it didn’t happen.

    “Winter’s Bone” was very good. Not among my favorite films but did well with what it had, especially haunting atmosphere.

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    babypook
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    I haven’t seen Frozen River, but Winter’s Bone is one of my favorite movies of the last few years. North Country was very good as well.

    I hope you get the chance to see Frozen River. Of these three, although I cannot verify this, Courtney Hunt had the least amount of money to work with, and she does a fabulous job.

    Seeing as how Winter’s Bone, a truly great film imo, had around $2 million as a budget, I’d say both these films deserve the accolades they received, and also some they didnt receive.

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    Patrick
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    North Country only because you get to hear Charlize Theron say, “Watch your mooth” in a Minnesota accent. And more seriously, her and Fran McDormand give two really powerful performances, especially the latter.

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    NoLogo
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    Winter’s Bone.

    Such a superbly crafted film which has stuck with me five years later. Dale Dickey owned that movie and was sadly overlooked by the Oscars, SAG, etc.

    Frozen River is a very, very, very close second. Melissa Leo rocks.

    North Country was completely serviceable. A solid film that was a bit too sterile for its own good.  

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    KyleBailey
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    North Country. Sad that it really hasn’t been talked about for a decade now 

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