Frozen RiverOctober 31, 2008
Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec…
Release Year: 2008
Rating: 7.2/10 (14,001 voted)
Critic's Score: 82/100
Stars: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott
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.
Mark Boone Junior
Billy Three Rivers
(as Michael Sky)
Desperation knows no borders.
Release Date: 31 October 2008
Filming Locations: New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $70,234
(3 August 2008)
Did You Know?
Charlie McDermott and James Reilly, who play brothers, are, in actual life, cousins.
In Québec there are no license plates on the front of vehicles. However, there is a front Québec license plate mounted on the Toyota Forerunner driven in the second smuggling.
I think we need to talk about this Troy… come on out. Troy?
… I mean it Honey.
Introducing Melissa Leo
How extraordinary to find a forty-something actress you've never seen
or heard about before and being blown away by her. Her name is Melissa
Leo and I believe she is here to stay. She gives the most powerful
performance I've seen all year. She managed to slip into my
subconscious and I find myself thinking about her (about her character)
as I do someone I truly care about. That in itself is a major
achievement. A first time director, Courtney Hunt, gives this character
and this actress a remarkable space to breath and grow. The gelid
landscape envelopes the desolate story but there is a human warmth
devoid of sentimentality that makes "Frozen River" a welcome rarity.
Moving, suspenseful, not to be missed.