Aint many movies made that are willing to delve into the hill communities of these United States. Fact is, not much comes from that ways at all, 'cept for the occasional news of yet another mine disaster. Winter's Bone is hardly an anthropological study or cultural celebration- it's a dark, near gothic tale of improvised tradition and bleak, modern day economic survival. A feudal fiefdom neatly sequestered and coexisting in our present day world. Not a particularly friendly or inviting kinda place, but maybe just a tad more honest in dealing with how things get done when alternatives offer little escape or redemption. Highly recommended.