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Frozen River [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.Read more ›
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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Interesting film, keep my attention, did not fall asleep before it ended.Published 9 months ago by Paul
A tightly-constructed, economically paced, and atmospherically-shot independent film, "Frozen River" reveals the full extent of the talent of an actress I had previously... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stanley Crowe
Excellent film very good acting and original plot, keeps you guessing.Published 21 months ago by francis a edge
I saw this on BBC and I had to see it again. A master stroke of film making.
DVD arrived right away and was exactly as described.
A cool chill pervades this film, `Frozen River'. The town of Mesena in upstate New York, on the other side of the St Lawrence River that leads to Canada, has that grey ,wintery... Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2013 by prisrob