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Frozen River

(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Frozen River


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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.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.
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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 6 7 8 9 10 14 15
CE2, CO2, OP1, CR1, LA1, BV2, GA1, DE1, SH1, SE1, LE2, AN2, ED1
ISBN: 1435928954
9781435928954
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Couldn't get past the rating & FBI screens on this DVD. Menu screen would not come on.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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..

Report This 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

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

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

Sincere & unpretentious.

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

Very good movie. Lead actress was nominated.

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

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