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Frozen River

Director: Courtney Hunt

Writer: Courtney Hunt

Cast: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, 

Mark Boone Junior, Michael O'Keefe

Duration: 1h 37min

Language: English

Country: USA

Cert: 15

Year: 2008

Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay), 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, THE FIGHTER) 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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Best Actress (Melissa Leo)
Best Original Screenplay
Academy Awards 2009
Best Actress, Producers Award
Independent Spirit Awards 2009
Grand Jury Prize
Sundance Film Festival 2008

“the most exciting thriller I've seen this year... It took my breath away” Quentin Tarantino

“a superior thriller… Melissa Leo is stunning” ★★★★ Time Out
“tough, confident and instantly involving” ★★★★
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“tightly wound... unbearable tension” ★★★★ Wendy Ide, The Times
“superb” ★★★★ The Independent
“remarkable... Leo is magnificent” ★★★★ Empire
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