Winter’s Bone compared to “Shatter Zone” in this in depth review

Southern Spaces presents this in depth review of Winter’s Bone and its’ relationship to Shatter Zone, a term coined in the 19th century meaning “a belt of randomly fissured or cracked rock that may be filled with mineral deposits.”

“Even more than Granik’s first film, Winter’s Bone is saturated with manifestations of the particular locale in which it is set and was filmed: language, imagery, music, and casting. It was shot on location in two Missouri Ozark counties, Taney and Christian. Taney County sits right on the Missouri-Arkansas border and Christian County directly above Taney. The homes that Ree’s and the other Dolly families inhabit are decorated with a dense array of mementos and decorative objects, many contributed by local residents. Granik mentions on the director’s commentary track on the DVD of the film that the many dogs of various shapes and sizes that wander through several scenes were the dogs attached to the houses and woodlots where the film was shot. The town near Ree’s family’s home where she takes her siblings, Sonny and Ashlee, to school is represented by Forsyth, Missouri, … Ree is not the only young person whose options appear to be pretty narrow: judging from the film, two main courses of study in the local high school are …” read the review

“… The term “Shatter Zone” originated in nineteenth-century geology, to mean “a belt of randomly fissured or cracked rock that may be filled with mineral deposits.” Its meaning shifted dramatically after World War II when it began to be used in political geography to denote borderlands, especially ones to which members of subject or refugee populations migrated in large numbers to escape the pressures of the state and/or the capitalist economies through which the state exerted itself …”


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3 Responses to Winter’s Bone compared to “Shatter Zone” in this in depth review

  1. Lois Reborne says:

    This was fun to read. I’d never heard of a shattering zone, but it really fits – including the continuing in migration of people who want to avoid being governed. The line about holding fast to the belief that behavior can be regulated by community mores and ties in the absence of law is intriguing – could make a good UU fellowship topic. (I’m paraphrasing after a night’s sleep – maybe they didn’t say that at all!)

  2. CMrok93 says:

    I wasn’t totally involved with this story, but the acting and character driven element made me like it more. Still, I think it’s the weakest out of the Best Picture race this year! Good review, check out mine when you can!

    • yarnspinnerpress says:

      Thanks for checking in. I’m sorry I must disagree. The only thing we were short on in this race was the $$ to match advertising budgets. But that’s just my opinion.

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