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Monday, September 16, 2013

Frozen River by Courtney Hunt, 2008 (R)

with Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Mildred Pierce, Flight), Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe (Michael Clayton), Mark Boone Junior, James Reilly, Jay Klaitz, John Canoe, Dylan Carusona, Michael Sky

On a Mohawk reservation on the Canadian border, Ray Eddy (Melissa Leo, in an Oscar-nominated turn) teams with widowed tribe member Lila Littlewolf (Misty Upham) to smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States. Though the work provides the women with much-needed money, each trip puts them in peril. Charlie McDermott and Michael O'Keefe also star in this riveting drama nominated for multiple Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature.

It was shocking to see how realistic the movie was, no fancy make up, no glamorous outfit. It's raw, it's somehow brutal, undistinguished, abandoned. And on the other hand, the landscapes are amazing, the people have their own way of being beautiful, in their determination, their deeper priorities...

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