A star was born.
One moment Jennifer Lawrence was a promising young actress with a few roles under her belt.
Then, in a flash, she was a bona fide Oscar-worthy leading woman thanks to this uncompromising rural drama.
Boldly crashing through a tough land filled with tougher people, she’s an Ozarks native trying to track down her missing father while holding life together in a house where she’s forced to be an adult while still a relative child.
Meth addiction hangs heavy, with her uncle (the splendid John Hawkes) among those brought low.
No easy answers here, just raw realism.