Movie review: 'Down to the Bone'

  • Updated: March 16, 2006 - 3:38 PM

This downbeat story of blue-collar drug abuse becomes a moving portrait of people battling their inner demons, thanks to an outstanding acting ensemble. Vera Farmiga won the 2004 Sundance and 2005 L.A. Film Critics' best-actress awards for her intense, uncompromising performance as a working-class wife, mother and addict.

Irene began using drugs in high school, and stepped up her use to carry her through a thankless job and loveless marriage. As her cocaine habit spirals out of control, she enters rehab and makes friends with Bob (the excellent Hugh Dillon), a male nurse at the facility. Irene's husband, threatened by her sobriety, undermines her efforts; she impulsively pushes her relationship with Bob into unsafe territory.

Director Debra Granik gives the film a feel of hard-edged realism. It's a jolting journey but one well worth taking.


DOWN TO THE BONE

*** out of four stars

Unrated; drug abuse, nudity, adult language.

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