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R| 1 hr. 36 min.

Plot Summary
After her husband deserts her, working-class mother Ray Eddy (Melissa Leo) is in great need of money to find a home. Lured by the possibility of easy cash, Ray joins Lila (Misty Upham) a widowed Mohawk who earns a living by smuggling immigrants from Canada to the U.S. across the St. Lawrence.

Cast: Melissa Leo , Misty Upham , Michael O'Keefe , Mark Boone Junior , Charlie McDermott , James Reilly , Dylan Carusona , John Canoe

Director: Courtney Hunt

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Frozen River (2008)

Release Date: August 1st, 2008|1 hr. 36 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    If we're going to be honest, we need to look inside and ask ourselves: Do we really want to see a listless movie about a woman whose dream is to move into a double-wide trailer? show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A Sundance hit that is both absorbing and bleak, Frozen River is anchored by powerful performances, believable scenarios and excellent writing. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This is a debut feature, though you'd never know it from the filmmaker's commandingly confident style, or from the heartbreaking beauty -- heartbreaking, then heartmending -- of Melissa Leo's performance as a poor single mother who's living her whole life on thin ice. show more

  • February 23, 2009 linbat555
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    Loved it so realistic to the struggles of single mom's in remote rural areas. What woman will do for a better life for their children.

  • September 10, 2008 judcor
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    loved it! Finally a film that says civil law does not necessarilyapproximate moral law . Two moral women struggle to make their lives and their childrens lives with a degree ofcivil law and moral law meet head on...a superb film..as two women struggle to make their lives and their childrens lives minimally acceptable.. they cross the border of legality but never the limits of morality. Bravo!!!!!!!!!! Loved it.

  • September 07, 2008 Constancehoffman
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    Great movie. Well played without the hollywood hipe. Finally a movie about a topic that is believable and could (did) happen.

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