Strapped for money and having been deserted by her husband, working class Ray (Melissa Leo), teams up with Lila (Misty Upham) to smuggle illegal immigrants across the frozen St. Lawrence River from Canada to the U.S. in the trunk of a Dodge Spirit.
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Fresh: It moves and it heals, finding hints of redemption in the jagged face of life.
- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, August 29, 2008
Fresh: Made with uncommon skill and assurance, the film never succumbs to rank sentimentality, but it manages to get at the nuances of human relationships.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Thursday, August 28, 2008
Melissa Leo's role as a trailer park single mum in Frozen River ranked her amongst esteemed company the likes of Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep. This gripping drama about risk, desperation and survival is an undiscovered gem and highly recommended.
- deano, Sunday, July 26, 2009
a truer film will be hard to find. Every scene breathes real, real people in real situations trying to survive when given a bad hand. No overglorified speaches, and the only redemption comes from within. The film is gritty and true in so many different ways as a woman whose gambling husband has robbed her and her two children and then taken a powder, leading her into trafficking illegals across the canadian border in order to make ends meet. Great performances abound, from her fifteen year old son who want to quit school and get a job, to the denizens of the Mohawk reservation, exhibiting a stoicism and wisdom that is simply "there" and not glorified. The culture clash adds an additional dimension in what is a wonderful charactor study.
- paulsandberg, Tuesday, November 3, 2009
An absorbing although bleak story concerning a desperate single mom struggling to make it after her husband deserts her and their two kids. In order to pay the bills she stumbles upon an opportunity to smuggle people in from Canada to the United States, where a frozen river means no border police and limited attention. This film wouldn't be nearly as good without Melissa Leo's extraordinary quietly intense portrayal of a woman whose world is collapsing and desperation is rearing its ugly head. It's never fun to watch and there is one little flaw with the story telling, but for the most part this is gripping stuff that doesn't for one minute feel artificial or that the actors in the film are acting. Leo is just so good in this movie - her weathered face and tired reactions capture all the stress and hurt her character has gone through in her life so far.
- fb619846742, Saturday, January 23, 2010