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Rated NR

Crime, Drama
Melissa Leo plays Ray, a mom trying to buy a new doublewide near the border between New York state and Quebec. Her gambling husband has ditched her and their two sons, and a woman from the nearby Mohawk reservation named Lila (Misty Upham) has taken one of their cars. One thing leads to another, and Ray finds herself smuggling illegal aliens with Lila. They do this by driving cars over a frozen river. Directed by Courtney Hunt, the film is very raw and quite effective. Leo offers a great portrayal of a woman on the edge, and Upham manages to convey a character who doesn’t really give a damn anymore. The movie also features an impressive performance from Charlie McDermott as T.J., Ray’s son. Michael O’Keefe has a small role as a border cop, and he brings a lot to his few minutes.

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Portland Mercury Blame Canada Frozen River sets the notch for American indie films one notch higher. by Amy J. Ruiz 08/21/2008

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