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Frozen River (2008)

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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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mohawk | money | river | new york | border | See All (166) »

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Desperation knows no borders.

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Crime | Drama

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31 October 2008 (Venezuela)  »

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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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Melissa Leo's character Ray Eddy's name is spoken one time throughout the film. See more »

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The correct spelling is "Massena". See more »

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Ray Eddy: I think we need to talk about this Troy... come on out. Troy?
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An Important, Satisfying and Moving Film
10 May 2012 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

"Frozen River" is an example of what great indie film making is all about.Instead of special effects and outrageous plot twists, we are shown real people caught up in some of the significant issues of life.

First let me say that the acting by Melissa Leo, and especially Misty Upham is superb. Both characters grow in stature as the film progresses; what seem to be clichés at the start become powerful archetypes. The direction and cinematography cannot be faulted anywhere. Just well done all the way, without drawing special attention to itself. They let the story take preeminence.

"Frozen River" will challenge your way of seeing cultures, borders, and family. It is the type of movie that stays with you. Don't miss it.


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