Frozen River is one of the most significant, heart felt and emotionally stirring movies I’ve seen. Two women with equally profound hardship stories end up offsetting their circumstances by border smuggling Indians across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. The performance by Melissa Leo is convincingly well acted. Her character, Ray Eddy has two sons that her husband, a gambler, has walked out on with all the money she had in this world. With no food, and a low paying, part time job, she looks elsewhere to make up the difference. Ray comes across Lila Littlewolf, a Mohawk women who is driving Ray’s husband’s car. Lila’s new born baby was taken from her by her mother-in-law because Lila is too poor to take care of the infant. Lea also has a low paying job with no prospects of doing any better for herself.
This story has emotional ties between the two women and leads you on a journey that you have to see to believe. I guarantee your emotions will be tried in this movie with a very different flavor. I highly recommend you see this movie by any means. It’s worth your time. I rated this movie so high because it has a lesson to be learned and it’s highly entertaining.