This film is deserving of a long review. Unfortunately, every attempt to write about this film ends in failure.

So I will simply say this: see it. See it now. The story is about a young woman who is forced to look for her father. He cooks crystal meth, and proceeded to jump bail. The bail bond is the house. It’s the woman, her two younger siblings, and her mentally lame mother who stand to lose the house and property. No one is giving her answers. Not her father’s brother Teardrop (an angry sort of fellow), not her neighbors or the people who she thinks her father associated with. All of them turn out, in some form or another, to be family, mainly cousins, though the blood relations are never clearly defined.  They don’t have to be. The setting of the movie, the Ozark Mountain range, plays as much a prominent role in the film as the cast of characters.

Suffice to say, the film is brilliant, with a subtle tension that lasts throughout the film and an excellent, breakthrough performance by Jennifer Lawrence (she’s been cast as Mystique in the upcoming X-Men: First Class movie).