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
A pointless film to say the least, More proof to the fact that being realistic is not enough for a movie to be good, The film depicts poverty & struggle without exploration or insight , It only tries to impress with its shallow bitterness & harshness and Fails
- arashxak, Sunday, March 21, 2010
Low budget issue movie singled out by dint of its Oscar nominations but saying little new. Granted Leo gives a convincing portrait of a struggling single mother and her developing relationship with a Mohawk is well handled, but the switchback ending is contrived and it all felt a bit hackneyed.
- gor41, Saturday, October 24, 2009