Frozen River (2008)
I heard about Courtney Hunt’s debut film, Frozen River from a couple of people from my Oscar Watchers group. It was a great recommendation from them. This movie has been nominated for 7 Independent Spirit Awards. It is so deserved. I hope that Melissa Leo, Misty Upham and Courtney Hunt’s script get nominated for Oscars. I am serious about that.
This film was also recommended from Metacritic with a score of 82.
The movie takes place a couple of days before Christmas in a desolate New York township where Ray (Melissa Leo) is in danger of having her furniture and her mobile home being reprocessed when her gambling husband skips out of her. She tries to find her hunter green Dodge Spirit. She finds it at a bingo hall where her husband frequents.
A young Mohawk woman, Lila (Misty Upham) takes the car to her small trailer in the middle of the woods. Ray threatens Lila to get the car back to her. Lila propositions Ray to earn easy money for her family’s dream double wide trailer to smuggle illegal immigrants from the Mohawk territory in Quebec across the frozen St. Lawrence River to New York.
This film is wonderful. It’s not predictable with the way that it was going. It was very organic. It touched on how people could do illegal things in order to survive. It’s like the question, would it be right to steal a loaf in order to feed your family? That is the dilemma that faces both Ray and Lila as mothers trying to support their families.
This movie affected my so much to that I want to say to people see this movie. I implore you. Catch it online, at your local indie theater, on DVD. Any capacity.
My rating: ***** stars.
Posted on December 30, 2008, in 2008, Academy Award Nominee, Drama, Independent and tagged Charlie McDermott, Courtney Hunt, Frozen River, James Reilly, Mark Boone Junior, Melissa Leo, Michael O'Keefe, Misty Upham. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.