Frozen River
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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Frozen River can be found here.

No. Frozen River is based on a script written by the director, Courtney Hunt. The script was originally shot as a 15 minute short and later expanded into a full-length film.

It was a plastic dinosaur. The snicker when Ray (Melissa Leo) saw it was merely an indication that she had found the right car.

Chopper (or PC) refers to Price Chopper, a chain of grocery stores headquartered in Rotterdam, NY with a presence in New York state, New England, and eastern Canada. It is currently the nicest grocery store in Plattsburgh, NY where Frozen River was filmed.

Lila (Misty Upham) mentions that her mother-in-law took the baby home from the hospital and was raising it. The question of "Why?" is not directly addressed in the movie. Most viewers conclude that the mother-in-law blamed Lila for the baby's father dying when he fell through the ice and so Lila, out of guilt, let her mother-in-law raise the baby to compensate for the loss of her own son.

She was the woman on whom he ran the credit card scam so that he could try to save the TV. Canada is one of the countries that uses a system of Restorative Justice, which allows victims and perpetrators to meet in order to understand the harm caused and to make direct retribution.

Tota is a Mohawk word meaning something like "dear one". In the context of the movie, she is referring to her mother-in-law, who would be her son's grandmother.

The song, which was written for the film, is called Ray's Echo. It was co-written by Keri Latimer (words and melody) and Shahzad Ismaily (chords) and performed by Latimer (vocals) and Ismaily (guitars, electric bass, and percussion). Latimer is from the band Nathan, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


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