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Frozen River [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.3 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KEHAG2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,807 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Drama derived from characters in desperate situations are not exactly unusual but very rarely are they done as well as Frozen River. Courtney Hunt who writes and directs ( and also earned an academy nod for the Screenplay ) gave the film the tagline "Desperation knows no borders." which plays obviously on the characters state of affairs but also neatly ties in with a major part of the plot.
Frozen River is set in a small town on the New York/Canadian border. Within this town is a Mohawk Indian reservation that straddles the St. Lawrence River and extends into Canada. You can enter the reservation in America, drive through it, cross the titular frozen river, drive through the other half of the reservation, and exit in Canada -- and thus circumvent the normal border-crossing regulations. Local cops keep a vigilant eye just outside the reservation's boundaries, but as long as you don't give them any reason to be suspicious they have no reason to stop you and check your trunk/boot to see if you've smuggled something across the border.
That being pertinent because Ray ( Melissa Leo ) a struggling mother of two kids with a part time job in a thrift shop has been left in the lurch by her gambling addicted husband who has run off with the money they had saved in order to buy a new more luxurious condo , replacing the crappy one they currently exist in. Then she meets Lila (Misty Upham), a young Mohawk woman who lives in an even smaller trailer on the reservation . Lila has procured the car left by Rays runaway husband but she knows how to earn money transporting immigrants across the border from Canada to the United States, hiding them in a car's trunk and taking advantage of the reservation's abnormal geography.
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You have to see this film - perfect antidote to Hollywood pap. It really takes you there, in a way that even otherwise top films like Slumdog Millionaire don't quite manage. The suspense as she attempts one last run to make the final payment on her mobile home is terrific. And great performances by the kids, particularly TJ. My only quibble is a technical one - the night scenes are so dark, it's hard to make out what's going on. But a great human story that propels you to a brilliant climax.
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A powerfully unflinching tale of two women, who, driven by economic hardship, form an unlikely partnership smuggling illegal immigrants across the Canadian border.Real character driven film that I loved.
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I was absolutely touched by this sad story..The main role interpretation by Melissa Leo is extraordinary. This is a small independent film , but beautifully directed.
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I think it's much harder to review movies than cookbooks because movies are much more subjective in their purpose... I chose this movie after listening to an interview with Melissa Leo on NPR Fresh Air (podcast/US national public radio program), following the release of The Fighter.

Frozen River is a small production movie about a woman who finds herself in a difficult financial situation and resorts to people smuggling to help make ends meet.

I liked the movie for the character development and the treatment of the issues and differences each protagonist dealt with.

I thought the ending was appropriate and balanced, even if in hind thought, perhaps to be expected.

I would watch it again.

The actresses performances are very good, and Leo deserved the attention she received for this film.
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A story of the lengths to which people in poverty will go to try to improve their lot, this film is perfectly cast with actors who are spot on for the parts. I wonder how the production team found them - or were the parts written especially for them? I should research that! Portrayed utterly without glamour, the cramped family home, the kids left home whilst their mother tried to earn enough to improve their lot, the dodgy cars, the longings and frustrations and dangers are all to be found in this film. And the frozen river itself! If ever a location provided nail biting tension, this was it! Then, best of all since we are so on their side, the characters and their unlikely new friend from the reservation are rewarded with a happy ending. Great stuff!.
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Courtney Hunt’s directorial debut is an absorbing, intelligent and understated salutary story of two desperate women making questionable decisions in order to survive. Set in the USA / Canada border area of the North Country of Upstate New York Melissa Leo’s white working class Ray and Misty Upham’s Native American Lila unexpectedly form an uneasy alliance of convenience in order to obtain much needed cash. Despite the danger involved (not least driving a vehicle over the frozen St Lawrence River) both hope to solve their financial predicaments by helping to smuggle illegal immigrants across the border between two Mohawk Reservations. The screenplay is bleak and uncompromising reflecting an uncomfortable contemporary reality, but the masterful writing and acting draws out an admirable empathy and compassion as the narrative approaches its inevitable conclusion. Also contributing to the high overall quality of the film is the accomplished cinematography, effectively conveying a palpable poverty as the grim interior shots contrast with the harsh winter beauty of the natural environment. This is definitely no action adventure, but the film oozes with tension, and the incident involving a suspect package carried by a Pakistani couple is truly disturbing. In my opinion the ending has a satisfactory hopeful tone, reflecting an underlying humanity which permeates every minute of this superior movie.
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