Frozen River

Frozen River does what too many independent American movies only pretend to do? Takes you to an unnoticed corner of our country and shows what it's like to actually live there.
-Ty Burr,Boston Globe
It moves and it heals, finding hints of redemption in the jagged face of life.
-Amy Biancolli,Houston Chronicle
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

Synopsis

Courtney’s feature-length script is set in a real-life smuggling zone on a Native American reservation between New York State and Quebec where the lure of fast money presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be making minimum wage. Strapped for money and having been deserted by her husband, working class Ray (Melissa Leo), reluctantly teams up with Lila (Misty Upham), a widowed Mohawk Indian, to smuggle illegal immigrants across the frozen St. Lawrence River from Canada to the U.S. in the trunk of a Dodge Spirit. Both women swear each trip will be their last, but one final run across the river leads to a showdown with the law on all sides.

Release Date

Friday, August 22, 2008
Original Languages: English
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 97 min.
Year: 2008

CREDITS

CAST
Charlie McDermott
Jay Klaitz
Melissa Leo
Michael O'Keefe
DIRECTED BY
Courtney Hunt

PHOTOS

Charlie McDermott as TJ Eddy, Photos by Jory Sutton © 2007 Frozen River Productions, LLC. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.
Melissa Leo as Ray Eddy, Photos by Jory Sutton © 2007 Frozen River Productions, LLC. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.
Director Courtney Hunt on set of Frozen River, Photos by Jory Sutton © 2007 Frozen River Productions, LLC. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.
Left: Jay Klatz as Guy Versailles, Right: Melissa Leo as Ray Eddy, Photos by Jory Sutton © 2007 Frozen River Productions, LLC. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.
Melissa Leo as Ray Eddy, Photos by Jory Sutton © 2007 Frozen River Productions, LLC. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.
Left: Misty Upham as Lila, Right: Melissa Leo as Ray, Photos by Jory Sutton © 2007 Frozen River Productions, LLC. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.
Left: Melissa Leo as Ray Eddy, Right: Michael O'Keefe as Trooper Finnerty, Photos by Jory Sutton © 2007 Frozen River Productions, LLC. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.
Scene from Frozen River, Photos by Jory Sutton © 2007 Frozen River Productions, LLC. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.
Misty Upham as Lila, Photos by Jory Sutton © 2007 Frozen River Productions, LLC. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.
Left: Nancy Wu as Chen Li, Right: Mark Boone Jr. as Jacques Bruno , Photos by Jory Sutton © 2007 Frozen River Productions, LLC. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.
Left: Melissa Leo, Right: Director Courtney Hunt, Photos by Jory Sutton © 2007 Frozen River Productions, LLC. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.
Melissa Leo as Ray Eddy, Photos by Jory Sutton © 2007 Frozen River Productions, LLC. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.