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Frozen River 2008 123movies

Frozen River 2008 123movies

Desperation Knows No BordersMar. 26, 200897 Min.
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Watch: Frozen River 2008 123movies, Full Movie Online – Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be earning minimum wage. Two women – one white, one Mohawk, both single mothers faced with desperate circumstances – are drawn into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. Ray and Lila – and a New York State Trooper as opponent in an evolving cat-and-mouse game..
Plot: Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin making runs across the frozen St. Lawrence River carrying illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants in the trunk of Ray’s Dodge Spirit.
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7.1/10 Votes: 25,838
88% | RottenTomatoes
82/100 | MetaCritic
N/A Votes: 255 Popularity: 7.52 | TMDB

Reviews:

Fantastic Film – and a rare glimpse into the reality of life in Indian Country
I caught a viewing of this tonight at the fantastic Traverse City Film Festival. The film was really fantastic. It is an indie flick very reminiscent of David Gordon Green’s work (George Washington, All the Real Girls, etc) in pacing, cinematography, and the depth of character the director is able to elicit with profound minimalism. The plot centers around a Mohawk coyote who smuggles illegals across the St. Lawrence in the winter by driving back and forth between the Canadian and US segments of the Mohawk Reservation. The Mohawk are one of the few tribes that issue their own passports and directly challenge federal authority to regulate their border. Because the reservation covers areas in both nations there isn’t much either side can do. For the Mohawk, sovereignty has real meaning, and they protect it fiercely.

The main character (aside from the Mohawk woman) is a white woman living in the area who’s husband is a degenerate gambler and has taken off with the money she had saved to get them a new modular home. We never meet him, but nevertheless are given a good portrait of his and the family’s struggles with his addiction. She needs $4k fast, stumbles into this smuggling business quite unexpectedly and decides its her only hope to avoid homelessness for herself and two kids. It’s suspenseful, introspective, and the acting is top notch by everyone. I also loved how it provided a glimpse into one part of Indian Country few people even know exists, and treats the Indians as people rather than victims or otherwise attempts to cajole the audience into feeling something for them. They are just people. Just like us.

Highly recommended.

Review By: bgills-1
Like Nothing You Have Seen Before (and that’s not good!) Trite, Illogical And Profoundly Annoying!
I generally try to find something positive to say about a director’s first film. But I can’t with Frozen River.

I have no doubt that writer/director Courtney Hunt is passionate about her story and characters, but this film is so ludicrous, so completely unbelievable and the characters so unbelievably stupid that I felt insulted watching it.

I know there are people in the USA who are desperately poor. I’m not being cavalier, life isn’t always easy and I have no problem with films that want to show that, but making a whiny, dumb film about stupid people is of no help to anyone.

An overwrought Hollywood melodrama is more instructive and socially redeeming than anything in Frozen River. You want to make a serious cinematic statement? Then make a serious film Goddamn it! Not a laughable collection of idiotic moments strung together to run 97 minutes.

As Frozen River begins, we meet Ray (Melissa Leo) sitting in one of her two cars crying because her gambling addict husband has run off with money she was holding as payment for the delivery of a “double wide” trailer.

Right on cue, the double wide arrives and Ray has to explain that she doesn’t have the money she promised. Then, trailer delivery person said something that hit me hard. He mentions that this is the second time that Ray has ordered delivery of the double wide and for the second time, she has not had the money she owes.

Am I to understand that Ray is so dumb she doesn’t realize that reneging on a deal means you don’t get delivery of the goods? Her own teenage son notes that it was really stupid for Ray to have hidden the trailer payment in the glove compartment of her car.

Apparently, this is not the first time Dad has run off with household money to gamble. I understand that Ray is among the working poor but is she really so bad off that she can only offer popcorn and Tang as supper for her kids?

Isn’t there any welfare or Food Stamps in New York State? How about a Salvation Army soup kitchen? What about a “Faith Based” initiative in the area? Is there really no one who can help?

While I was trying to figure this out, we meet Lila (Misty Upham), a Mohawk woman who steals one of Ray’s cars and drives it back to her small trailer in the woods.

Ray follows her and confronts Lila by brandishing a gun. Ray threatens to call the State Police and report this car theft, but Lila laughs at this saying the State Police have no jurisdiction on Mohawk land.

What? The NY State Police have no jurisdiction in dealing with a felony? Yes they do! There is such a thing as the Tribal Police, but they have only limited authority and the State Police are obliged to investigate any felony, including auto theft. Even on Mohawk land. Look it up, I did.

While I was trying to process this legal idiocy, Lila, apropos of nothing, tells this strange white trash woman with a gun, whose car she has just stolen, that she is a smuggler of illegal aliens across the Canadian border and wants her help because her car has a trunk that can popped open from the driver seat. And Ray agrees to do it!

We can understand why Ray helps in the smuggling, she is getting good money; less clear is why Lila does it. It has something to do with Lila’s bitterness at having her child removed from her custody by the Mohawk tribe.

Although the film NEVER explains why this was done, just think about it for a minute. The whole tribe decided that the baby would be better off without Lila. If we are to accept the Tribal Elders wisdom in other areas, don’t we have to accept it here as well?

At this point the film becomes intolerable. A few very annoying observations, why is every character in a bad mood or grumpy? Why does the trailer salesman schedule Christmas Day as the day for finalizing the deal for Ray’s new double wide? Christmas Day?

Here’s a mystery, we are told many times that Lila has bad eyesight and can’t work because of it. Her vision problems can’t even be helped with glasses, “they make me car sick,” Lila tells us. Her eyesight is so poor she can’t write legibly or even count the money she gets from her smuggling activities; she has to ask Ray if a particular bill is a fifty or a twenty.

But then later in the story, when Ray and Lila are looking for a discarded duffle-bag on the frozen river, Lila finds it by seeing faint tire tracks, on smooth black ice, at night, from a moving car. Huh?

This film actually made my brain hurt. Remember, just because you have an important topic and a serious purpose, that does not mean the film you make is important and serious.

Personally, I like characters that are unlikable. I mean, neither the Godfather nor Hamlet are very likable characters; but they are at least interesting characters. I have no problem with dumb characters either, Jerry Lundegaard in Fargo was a first class dolt, but he was as fascinating as he was pathetic.

I did not care for any of the morons who populated Frozen River and I was reminded of the cruel truth that some people really do deserve the hard luck they have.

When the only enjoyable part of a film is a scene where an infant stuffed in a duffle-bag nearly freezes to death on a frozen river, that should give you an indication of just how incredibly dumb and inept the rest of the movie is.

Review By: Michael-70

Other Information:

Original Title Frozen River
Release Date 2008-03-26
Release Year 2008

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 37 min (97 min)
Budget 1000000
Revenue 5457664
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Crime, Drama
Director Courtney Hunt
Writer Courtney Hunt
Actors Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. 32 wins & 39 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A


Technical Information:

Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panasonic AJ-HDC27H Varicam, Zeiss DigiPrime and DigiZoom Lenses
Laboratory Alpha Cine Labs, Seattle (WA), USA (prints), OffHollywood Digital, NYC (digital intermediate facility)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Video (HD)
Cinematographic Process DVC Pro HD (720p/24) (source format), Digital Intermediate (master format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (spherical) (Kodak Vision 2383)

Frozen River 2008 123movies
Frozen River 2008 123movies
Frozen River 2008 123movies
Original title Frozen River
TMDb Rating 6.678 255 votes

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