Frozen River – see it before it melts
Frozen River is a gripping and hard-hitting movie about the smuggling of illegal aliens into New York State from Mohawk territory in Canada. Two women – Melissa Leo and Misty Upham – are brought together out of financial need and form an unlikely team. Those who’ve seen it – I’m going on Sunday – call it a “suspenseful yet tenderhearted thriller” with “killer performances and heart-in-mouth tension”. Oh, did I mention that it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2008? Frozen River is the first feature by writer/director Courtney Hunt. I met her when she was pitching it at the IFP in 2006 with her producer (my friend) Chip Hourihan.