• Frozen River (2008)

Frozen River

Release Date: August 1st, 2008

DVD Release Date: February 10th, 2009

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

Production Co: Harwood Hunt

Keywords: 2000s , Pursuit , Dark , Mother , Escape , Engaging , Emotional , Friendship ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    There is nothing sentimental or picturesque about the performances or imagery. The word that best describes both is elemental. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Sometimes two performances come along that are so perfectly matched that no overt signals are needed to show how the characters feel about each other. That's what happens between Melissa Leo and Misty Upham in Frozen River. show more

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall 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

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Awards

Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)