Sexual abuse in impoverished, rural areas / "She don't shine for them"
The delivery of that line seriously creeps me out every time I see this movie. Did anyone else feel as if Ree was trying to hint at Sonia and 'Blonde' (Sonya's husband) having some weird, sexual interest in Sonny (Ree's brother)?
Physical abuse, spousal abuse, drug abuse, and alcohol abuse were all explicitly referenced to (and sometimes displayed) many times in this movie. Sexual abuse was not, however.
From what I know of impoverished rural areas, though, RATES of sexual abuse are extremely high. And I've had 3-4 very good friends I've had that were raised in economically-depressed, rural areas, and every single one of them was in some way sexually abused as a child / young-teenager. The perpetrators were almost always male, but there was even a good guy friend of mine who was sexually assaulted by two women (in their 30s) when he was 10. Very sad but absolutely true. ((By the way, I don't mean to single out rural areas, either. Obviously poverty-stricken areas of ANY kind of hotbeds of all kinds of abuse for many different reasons)).
Anyways, I'd be very interested in hearing others opinions on that specific line in the movie...