FROZEN RIVER (15)
D: Courtney Hunt
Sony/Cohen Media/Off Hollywood (Heather Rae & Chip Hourihan)
USA 🇺🇸 2008
W: Courtney Hunt
DP: Reed Morano
Ed: Kate Williams
Mus: Peter Golub & Shahzad Ali Ismaily
Melissa Leo (Ray Eddy), Misty Upham (Lila Littlewolf), Charlie McDermott (T.J. Eddy), Michael O'Keefe (Finnerty), Mark Boone, Jr. (Jacques Bruno)
Melissa Leo received a Best Actress nomination for her performance as Ray Eddy, a single mother with a poor income whose husband had left her and her two sons in debt with a real estate company. Upon finding that his car was abandoned and is being used by a Native American woman, Ray becomes drawn into the world of people trafficking, smuggling illegal immigrants across the Canada-US border on a frozen river.
It's a decent low budget piece of independent cinema, with strong acting performances and a well written screenplay (which was also nominated for an Oscar), but the film does visibly suffer from its budgetary constraints and there are a few loose ends left as the film ends. In fairness, it's easy to forgive both. A solid breakthrough for a new filmmaker and relatively unknown cast.