Frozen River

 

The 2008 Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival is about what you do to pay the bills for yourself and your kids when there isn't enough money to get by. The story deals with two women (Melissa Leo and Misty Upham) who end up smuggling people across the border between Canada and upstate New York. Writer-director Courtney Hunt avoids movie clichés and tells a unique tale without sentimentality. The crisp, bracing film is gripping and moving because it isn't overtly manipulative. The whole cast is strong, but Homicide: Life on the Street vet Melissa Leo is exceptional. 97 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes a commentary track by writer/director Hunt and producer Heather Rae.

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