Down to the Bone (film)
|Down to the Bone|
|Directed by||Debra Granik|
|Produced by||Susan Leber
|Written by||Debra Granik
|Edited by||Malcolm Jamieson|
|Distributed by||Hart Sharp Video|
|Running time||104 minutes|
Down to the Bone is a 2004 American independent drama film, directed by Debra Granik and written by Granik and Richard Lieske. It stars Vera Farmiga, who received a Best Actress Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for her role as the drug addicted Irene. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 15, 2004, where it won the Director's Award (Debra Granik) and the Special Jury Prize for Acting (Vera Farmiga).
A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.
- Vera Farmiga as Irene
- Hugh Dillon as Bob
- Clint Jordan as Steve
- Caridad de la Luz as Lucy
- Jasper Daniels as Ben
- Taylor Foxhall as Jason
- Terry McKenna as Gene
- Rickard Lieske as Richard
- Hector Vasquez as Hector
- Joel Saeks as Lars
- Walt Bolde as Walt
- Edward Crawford as Kevin
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.
The film has received critical acclaim from film critics. It currently holds a 94% approval rating based on 33 reviews on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus stating: "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." On Metacritic, the film scored a 76 out of 100 rating based on 13 reviews.
Awards and nominations
|2004||BendFilm Festival||Best Actress||Vera Farmiga||Won|
|2004||Marrakech International Film Festival||Best Actress||Vera Farmiga||Won|
|Golden Star||Debra Granik||Nominated|
|2004||Sundance Film Festival||Directing Award – Drama||Debra Granik||Won|
|Special Jury Prize for Acting||Vera Farmiga||Won|
|Grand Jury Prize||Debra Granik||Nominated|
|2004||Deauville Film Festival||Grand Special Prize||Debra Granik||Nominated|
|2004||Florida Film Festival||Grand Jury Award – Best Narrative Feature||Debra Granik||Won|
|2004||Gotham Awards||Breakthrough Director||Debra Granik||Nominated|
|2004||Locarno International Film Festival||Golden Leopold||Debra Granik||Nominated|
|2004||Vienna International Film Festival||FIPRESCI Prize||Debra Granik||Won|
|2005||Film Independent Spirit Awards||Best Female Lead||Vera Farmiga||Nominated|
|John Cassavetes Award||Debra Granik, Richard Lieske, Susan Leber, Anne Rosellini||Nominated|
|2005||Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||Vera Farmiga||Won|
|2006||National Society of Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||Vera Farmiga||Nominated|
- "The Scariest Four-Letter Word in American Storytelling". This Distracted Globe. July 19, 2009.
- "Down to the Bone - Rotten Tomatoes". Flixster, Inc. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
- "Down to the Bone Reviews". Metacritic.