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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"This downbeat story of blue-collar drug abuse becomes a moving portrait of people battling their inner demons, thanks to an outstanding acting ensemble."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Down to the Bone achieves what only the best independent films have: making life, at its most unvarnished, a journey."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The movie boasts a fantastic performance by Vera Farmiga and an exceedingly unhappy storyline. It's a movie you "appreciate" more than you "enjoy.""
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Farmiga effectively shows the fear, need and hope at war within Irene, how the false high of being clean for a week can fade when she realizes the second week isn't going to be any easier."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A quietly harrowing chronicle of addiction and fragile recovery anchored by Vera Farmiga's intense performance."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If there were an ounce of taste left in Hollywood, the magnificent Vera Farmiga would be a front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"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."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"The movie takes us down an unexpected path with riveting skill and a refreshing lack of easy answers."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Strong performances from Vera Farmiga and Hugh Dillon keep things from becoming overdramatic."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"Vera Farmiga gives an astonishing performance in this complex chronicle of a drug addict who goes through rehab, yearning for redemption, but her experience is not tidy and there's no neat conclusion."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"... a harrowing character study."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The movie seems to be about drug addiction and recovery, but it gradually shifts, becoming a look from an unusual angle at what a big job it is to be a parent and the priorities it requires."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"if you've ever wondered why people in 12-step programs aren't supposed to sleep together right off the bat, well, this movie is about to show you, in detail."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"This marks [Farmiga's] arrival as One to Watch. See her here, and you can say you remember the early days."
‑ , E! Online
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