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Frozen River

(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Ray, a white woman and Lila, a Mohawk are both single mothers, both earning minimum wage and facing desperate circumstances, are drawn by the lure of fast money into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. New York State Trooper Finnerty ultimately brings the two to justice.
Title: Frozen river
[DVD]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2009]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.
Summary: Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Ray, a white woman and Lila, a Mohawk are both single mothers, both earning minimum wage and facing desperate circumstances, are drawn by the lure of fast money into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. New York State Trooper Finnerty ultimately brings the two to justice.
Audience: MPAA rating R for some language.
Local Note: 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 10 13 14 15
CE2, CO2, OP1, CR1, LA1, BV2, GA1, DE1, SH1, SE1, LE2, AN2, ED1
ISBN: 9781435928954
1435928954
Statement of Responsibility: Cohen Media Group ; Frozen River Pictures ; Harwood Hunt Productions ; Off Hollywood Pictures ; produced by Chip Hourihan, Heather Rae ; written by Courtney Hunt ; directed by Courtney Hunt
Credits: Director of photography, Reed Morano ; editor, Kate Williams ; music, Peter Golub, Shahzad Ismaily.
Performers: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Michael O'Keefe.
System Details: DVD, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby Digital.
Other Language: English dialogue, French subtitles; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Single mothers New York (State) Drama. Mohawk women Drama. Smuggling Saint Lawrence River Drama. Smuggling Investigation New York (State) Drama. Police, State New York (State) Drama. DVDs. Christmas stories Drama.
Genre/Form: Crime films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Single mothers
Mohawk women
Smuggling
Smuggling
Police, State
DVDs.
Christmas stories
Publisher No: 27180
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This bleak film about a desperate woman transporting illegal immigrants across the Canada/US border is reminiscent of "Winter's Bone".


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Couldn't get past the rating & FBI screens on this DVD. Menu screen would not come on.

Sep 24, 2012
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a pretty good, small film from the US (no, it is not a Canadian production as some has suggested), about a single mother struggling to make ends meet while attending her two children, whom she cared much about. Resorting to human trafficing to bring in the cash she needed happened by chance. But once hooked, she could not let go. A great human drama worth spending time on.

Jul 30, 2012
  • jeannenicole rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting film - good performances all around. Low budget but high quality project. Good commentary by the director, adds to the details of what it took to get this film made.

Jun 19, 2012
  • btmslt rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A not quite believeable story of the lenghts people will go to when their money is gone.

May 22, 2012
  • betweenthelines rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A Canadian movie that suprised me. I saw this at the Bytowne cinema several years ago and decided to rent it again recently. Well written story. Patience is required as the story unfolds slowly. A very quiet location is the backdrop for this story about poverty, living up North, racial divides, Aboriginal community issues. I will give no further clues! A real nail bitter in some parts..The characters really grow on you..

Jan 20, 2012
  • Theodora3 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Melissa Leo gives a bravada performance. Not to be missed. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance and after seeing the DVD no question that she should have won

Oct 20, 2011
  • Fionaenzo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great film! Interesting premise - the porous border via the Mohawk reservation in New York.

Jan 20, 2011
  • CalicoJack rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Graceful, unusual social-realism piece showing slices of life on a Mohawk reserve near the Canada-U.S. border. I related strongly to its two main characters--partly because of magnificent performances by Melissa Leo & Misty Upham, & partly because I've been on as thin ice as they were a few times myself. I was also uncharacteristically smitten by the refreshing performances of child actors Charlie McDermott & James Reilly. In all, a rare, captivating, beautifully acted film.

Jan 19, 2011
  • waimanau rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sincere & unpretentious.

Dec 27, 2010
  • molly rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very good movie. Lead actress was nominated.

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May 09, 2011
  • NancyPants22 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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