Jennifer Lawrence has had a complicated relationship with the public. They love her, they turn on her, they grow indifferent. It's all very back and forth. But before the franshises, before the quirky public persona, before thousands of people were scrutinizing her every word, there was her transcendant performance in "Winter's Bone". Unknown at the time, It's no surprise that this film launched her career as she gives one of the most daring, honest portraits of a person who would go underrepresented in most media. Finding the heart and hopes of a character in an unforgiving environment that would be cast out by most as just "white trash", Lawrence's performance cements one of the most thrilling mystery stories to come to film in the past decade. Her subtle touch to the character was a vast difference from Oscar nominees of other years who chew scenery like beavers in a lumber yard, and although it wasn't enough to land her the Oscar (in an admittedly tough year up against Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Nicole Kidman, and Anette Bening) she eventually won for Silver Linings Playbook. However, to watch Winter's Bone is to watch the birth of a star, and what a star it is.