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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Frozen River

Desperation is palpable in this movie of the dark cold northern border of New York State. The two women are desperately trying to give their children a decent life, and the illegal aliens they smuggle across the border are desperate for the chance of a decent life as well.

Melissa Leo portrays a mother of two whose husband is a gambling addict. Misty Upham is Lila Littlewolf, whose story I will leave for you to discover during the movie. Their lives are entwined through circumstances and they become partners in crime.

There is a lot of darkness on the screen and at times we are not sure where we are at all. It is true to life in the far north, where at Christmas time it seems there is only darkness, with a brief window of light each day.

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