Actress and daughter of distinguished filmmaker John Huston, makes an auspicious directorial debut with this powerful drama of a young southern girl who survives a nightmare childhood of physical and sexual abuse while her mother struggles… More Actress and daughter of distinguished filmmaker John Huston, makes an auspicious directorial debut with this powerful drama of a young southern girl who survives a nightmare childhood of physical and sexual abuse while her mother struggles to decide whether or not to leave the man responsible. Unlike many films dealing with this difficult subject, Huston handles the sometimes graphic violence within the story, based on a novel by Dorothy Allison, with great sensitivity and intelligence avoiding the stereotypes associated with those struggling with the hard, impoverished life in Greenville, South Carolina after WWII; thereby creating non-exploitational, realistic studies of pain, suffering and psychology of her characters. Narrated by Laura Dern, the story begins with the birth of Bone, an infant so named because she was born right after her single mother Anney survived a car crash. Bone is a toddler when her mother marries the gentle Lyle. They are happy, but he dies in an auto accident shortly after Anney gives birth to another daughter. She then works as a waitress and tries to support her family. Fortunately, her husband left her with a large extended family to help her out. Still Anney is lonely for love. Glen has been ardently courting her and eventually she succumbs, even though she knows he is sneaky and has an evil temper. Bone is not pleased with her new step daddy, and he doesn't seem to like her either. Anney gets pregnant but then miscarries Glen's son. The doctor tells her that she will have no more children. This eats at Glen who begins taking out his rage on poor Bone. When Anney's family finds out, they beat Glen, but it doesn't help. He only begins becoming even more sly and sadistic with hapless Bone until the story reaches it's horrifying climax, one that causes Bone to ultimately reject her mother. The most upbeat note of the story is that somehow Bone survives to become a functional adult able to recount her sad tale.