Frozen River

No matter how rich or poor we think we are, there is always someone higher and lower than us. BUt then there is that level where you can’t feed your kids. I call that the poverty line for sure. What would you do in this position? We have two mothers who decide smuggling is worth the risk at 1200 dollars a run.

Frozen River (2008)
R | 1h 37min | Crime , Drama | 5 September 2008 (USA)
Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling … See full summary »
Director: Courtney Hunt
Writer: Courtney Hunt
Stars: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott

This director puts the viewer among the people in much the same way as Debra Granik does in “Winter’s Bone.” You get the freezing feel of the Indian reservation. When the mother talks to the bill collector ready to pick up the rent to own TV, you get it. You feel everything. Life in a trailer with two young boys becomes an oil painting in the form of a movie. Most of us would never smuggle but after seeing the pain (and feeling it too) we may have more understanding. The acting is not Oscar worthy but it’s not bad either. I Enjoyed the story, it has a shock in the middle. 7/10

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