Down to the Bone

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Overview

Independent filmmaker Debra Granik makes her feature debut with the drama Down to the Bone, based on her award-winning short Snake Feed. Vera Farmiga stars as Irene, a working-class mother living in upstate New York. She struggles to keep her marriage together and raise two sons while keeping her cocaine addiction a secret. Hoping to make a change in her life, she tries to kick her drug habit. However, this proves even more difficult with the oncoming winter and a developing affair. Also starring Hugh Dillon and ...
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Overview

Independent filmmaker Debra Granik makes her feature debut with the drama Down to the Bone, based on her award-winning short Snake Feed. Vera Farmiga stars as Irene, a working-class mother living in upstate New York. She struggles to keep her marriage together and raise two sons while keeping her cocaine addiction a secret. Hoping to make a change in her life, she tries to kick her drug habit. However, this proves even more difficult with the oncoming winter and a developing affair. Also starring Hugh Dillon and Clint Jordan, Down to the Bone premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.
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Special Features

Film commentary with director Debra Granik & star Vera Farmiga; Award-winning short Snake Feed on which the movie was based
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Editorial Reviews

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The indie heir apparent to Robin Wright Penn was introduced to the world -- or at least, a tiny segment of the viewing public -- in Down to the Bone, a gritty window into the small victories and giant relapses of a recovering blue-collar drug addict. Vera Farmiga had been working in supporting roles for years, but never had she so commanded the screen and been so emotionally naked as in Down to the Bone, making this little film the coming-out party for a true talent. Debra Granik's film is not constructed as a sequence of increasingly alarming episodes, a strategy lesser films have used to hammer home the notion that "drugs are bad" with ever greater urgency. Instead, it's as though a true three-month segment from the life of any flawed dead-ender were plucked from the calendar and put on celluloid. Granik doesn't adhere to the clear three-act structure utilized in most narrative films, which will strike some viewers as unfocused. But for those who seek realism, rather than escapism, when they go to the theater, Down to the Bone is indie film heaven. The entire film is overlain with grubbiness, but nothing is exaggerated for effect. These feel like real rehab centers, more likely to inspire feelings of boredom than imprisonment, and real affordable housing, dingy but without making a specific point of it. Similarly, Irene's husband Clint Jordan -- who would be an abusive lout in another film -- is not significantly less charming than the recovering addict Hugh Dillon she takes as a lover. Down to the Bone might benefit from a slightly firmer hand and a slightly more obvious sense of catharsis, as it closes in a way that could prompt the question, "That's it?" But, sometimes in life, that is it. Sometimes that's all there is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • UPC: 829567030226
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Arts Alliance Amer
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,944

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vera Farmiga Irene
Hugh Dillon Bob
Clint Jordan Steve
Caridad de la Luz Lucy Negron
Jasper Moon Daniels Ben
Taylor Foxhall Jason
Edward C. Crawford Kevin
Chris Heitzman James
Ernst Longyear Pete the Biker
Terry McKenna Gene
Gia Mitchell April
Crystal Verdachizzi Tina
Technical Credits
Debra Granik Director, Screenwriter
Nancy Brous Costumes/Costume Designer
James Demer Sound/Sound Designer
East River Pipe Score Composer
Malcolm Jamieson Editor
Linda Kennedy Musical Direction/Supervision
Susan Leber Producer
Richard Lieske Screenwriter
Low Score Composer
Michael McDonough Cinematographer
Jackie O Motherfucker Score Composer
Ellen Parks Casting
Anne Rosellini Producer
Mark White Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Down to the Bone
1. Trick or Treat [7:33]
2. Desperate to Score [5:49]
3. Getting Help [7:36]
4. Calming the Monkey [8:22]
5. Back to Life [5:47]
6. Thanksgiving [6:08]
7. Clean [9:14]
8. The City [9:45]
9. Not Working [5:49]
10. Caught [9:23]
11. Coming Forward [6:01]
12. Where've You Been? [5:01]
13. Off the Wagon [10:25]
14. End Credits [4:10]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Down to the Bone
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      'Snake Feed': The Short Film on Which Down to the Bone Was Based
      Commentary by Director Debra Granik and Actress Vera Farmiga
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