Down to the Bone (film)

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Down to the Bone
Directed by Debra Granik
Produced by Susan Leber
Anne Rosellini
Written by Debra Granik
Richard Lieske
Starring Vera Farmiga
Hugh Dillon
Clint Jordan
Cinematography Michael McDonough
Edited by Malcolm Jamieson
Distributed by Hart Sharp Video
Release date(s)
  • January 15, 2004 (2004-01-15) (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Down to the Bone is a 2004 American independent film drama, starring Vera Farmiga, who received a "Best Actress" award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for the role. The film won the Sundance Film Festival Director's Award (Debra Granik) and the Special Jury Prize (Vera Farmiga).

The film, which addresses the effects of drug addiction, was directed and co-written by Debra Granik. The film takes place in upstate New York near and around Kingston, New York. Down to the Bone is Granik's first feature film and was filmed on digital video. Granik also directed the 2010 film Winter's Bone.


Actor Character
Vera Farmiga Irene
Hugh Dillon Bob
Clint Jordon Steve
Caridad De La Luz Lucy
Jasper Daniels Ben
Taylor Foxhall Jason
Giles Penderghast Pet Store Clerk
Terry McKenna Gene
Rickard Lieske Richard
Hector Vasquez Hector
Joel Saeks Lars
Lori Berryman Acupuncture Therapist
Walt Bolde Wait
Edward Crawford Kevin

Critical reception[edit]

The film holds a 94% approval rating based on 33 reviews at Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus: "A vivid portrayal of the effects of drug abuse that avoids cinematic clichés, Down to the Bone is a winning effort by first-time director Debra Granik and features a breakout performance by Vera Farmiga."[1]


  1. ^ "Down to the Bone - Rotten Tomatoes". Flixster, Inc. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 

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