by indieWIRE (January 11, 2008)

Premiering at Sundance ’08 in the Dramatic Competition program, Courtney Hunt’s “Frozen River” follows Rae Eddy (Melissa Leo), a woman who lives in upstate New York whose husband has left her two days before Christmas. In addition to that, he has also gambled way all their savings, forcing Rae to feed her two sons popcorn and Tang. But when Rae meets Lila LIttlewolf (Misty Upham), she discovers a new way to make money: smuggling illegal immigrants into the United States. Sundance’s Shari Frilot calls “River” “a wonderfully directed film full of atmosphere, heart, and outstanding performances  by Melissa Leo and Misty Upham.” that is
ultimately about the strength that resides in family and the way hope in a dire situation can be uncovered by courage and trust.”

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