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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. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling ... See full summary »

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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. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be earning minimum wage. Two women - one white, one Mohawk, both single mothers faced with desperate circumstances - are drawn into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. Ray and Lila - and a New York State Trooper as opponent in an evolving cat-and-mouse game. Written by anonymous

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Desperation knows no borders.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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5 September 2008 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$70,234 (USA) (1 August 2008)

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$2,508,841 (USA) (13 March 2009)
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Charlie McDermott and James Reilly, who play brothers, are cousins in real life. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, when the truck arrives, no snow is on the road. When the boy throws his snowball, traces of snowballs from previous takes are visible beneath the truck. When the truck leaves, the snow is gone. See more »

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Pakistani Baby: Are you a stone?
Velma - Ticket Taker: No. But I think you are a stone.
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Ah, But What Joyless Times We Live In
1 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had heard that this film was something of a runaway hit at Cannes last year. After seeing it, I can see why. 'Frozen River' is a grim little tale of a middle aged woman (Melissa Leo)who's good for nothing, substance abusing,gambler husband has left her & their two sons for points unknown (only after usurping all of the money from the bank--and this,just a week before Christmas). Rae (Leo)has to earn some money soon, or lose their trailer home. She resorts to smuggling illegal aliens (with the assistance of an Indian woman who dislikes whites)over the boarder,from Canada to the U.S., via the local Indian reservation. Toss in elements of a cynical teen aged son,and other similar elements,and you have yourself a powerful piece of drama that although somewhat bleak,manages to draw you in to the plight of people who want to fit in, but are never the less, not excepted,due to racial issues. Well worth seeking out. The film has been slapped an R-rating by the MPAA, due to some course language.


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