Smoky Mountains drama 'Serena' stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence

March 28, 2015 2:51 PM

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Susanne Bier’s entrance into the narrative is excellent, a film about a timber company owned by George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper) who experienced considerable losses during the stock market crash. He courts and marries a wealthy woman who is the daughter of a Colorado timber company owner, Serena Shaw (Jennifer Lawrence). Serena is an ambitious yet wounded woman who is able to cut timber and issue orders to the men working for her husband. Her experience in the industry includes tracking snakes with falcons to protect the workers. George Pemberton tells his men that she should be considered equal to him. Indeed she is, but not quite.

The love story begins quickly with several establishing shots and soon Serena and George are back home after a quick honeymoon. George’s business partner Buchanan (David Dencik) takes an immediate disliking to Serena and behind George's back and with company money bribes the town sheriff (Toby Jones...

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