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Frozen River

Director: Courtney Hunt

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2008

Sundance Grand Jury Oscar Award

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Synopsis

Nominated for two Academy Awards, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and described by Quentin Tarantino as "the most exciting thriller I've seen this year", FROZEN RIVER has been acclaimed as one of the best American debuts this decade.

Ray Eddy (Melissa Leo, 21 GRAMS) finds herself at wits end after her gambler husband disappears with the down payment on their new home. When an offer to transport cargo across the Canadian border presents the opportunity to make some easy money, Ray has little idea that her actions will place her life in danger and threaten her family's future.

Featuring a stunning central performance by Melissa Leo, writer/director Courtney Hunt's film is a riveting thriller that raises questions about the borders we construct, between countries, communities and each other.

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Cast

Starring: 

Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Mark Boone Junior, Michael O'Keefe

Credits

Director: Courtney Hunt

Writer(s): 

Courtney Hunt

Producers: 

Heather Rae, Chip Hourihan

Editor:  Kate Williams

Cinematographer:  Reed Dawson Morano

Music: 

Peter Golub, Shahzad Ismaily

Production Details

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2008

Language:  English

Duration:  97 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

Original aspect ratio:  1.78:1

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Drama
  • Thriller

Theatrical Release Date:  17th July 2009

DVD Release Date:  19th October 2009

Reviews

QUENTIN TARANTINO

"The most exciting thriller I've seen this year... It took my breath away and then somewhere around the last hour, it put my heart in a vice and proceeded to twist that vice until the last frame"

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TIME OUT

"A superior thriller... Melissa Leo is stunning"

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EMPIRE

"Remarkable... Leo is magnificent"

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PETER BRADSHAW, THE GUARDIAN

"Tough, confident and instantly involving"

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THE INDEPENDENT

"A thrilling drama... superb"

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ELLE MAGAZINE

"Loaded with atmosphere... Leo is absolutely terrific"

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JAMES KING, BBC RADIO 1

"breathtaking..."

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MARK KERMODE

"a gripping thriller"

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