Down to the Bone (2005)
Critic Consensus: A vivid portrayal of the effects of drug abuse that avoids cinematic clichés, Down to the Bone is a winning effort that features Vera Farmiga's breakout performance.
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as Lucy Negron
as Pet Store Clerk
as Acupuncture Therapist
as April and John's Son
as April and John's Daughter
as Ice Cream Shop Owner
as Al's Daughter
as Store Supervisor
as Coupon Man
as Customer Short of Cash
as Store Manager
as Store Manager
as Arresting Officer
as Clinic Counselor
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Critic Reviews for Down to the Bone
This downbeat story of blue-collar drug abuse becomes a moving portrait of people battling their inner demons, thanks to an outstanding acting ensemble.
If there were an ounce of taste left in Hollywood, the magnificent Vera Farmiga would be a front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar.
The film is so pitch perfect and realistic, it seems you are there with these people, watching their lives unfold before you as it happens.
Down to the Bone achieves what only the best independent films have: making life, at its most unvarnished, a journey.
Conventional movies, even independent ones, tend to get histrionic and judgmental about such drug-related setbacks. But Granik's film, though hardly a clinical case study, keeps a measured distance from the heavy-handed or simplistic.
... a harrowing character study.
Audience Reviews for Down to the Bone
It's not exactly enjoyable, but like those HBO specials about drug abuse, you can't turn away for a second.
More subtle than your usual drug addict movie. While desperate, this one doesn't end up on a street corner somewhere homeless, or into crime, but it does still show the devastation caused by addiction and is a moving and interesting film. I had never heard of Vera Farmiga before, but I will certainly look out for her in the future, her portrayal of this character was excellent.
Drawn out, but an extremely realistic film about drug abuse with some impressive performances, in particular Vera Farmiga, which is definitely a name I shall be taking notice of in the future, her role in this was faultless and she reminded me of Cate Blanchett in many ways.
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