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||Great job by both Leo and Misty Upham.
Frozen River is the winner of the 2008 Grand Jury Prize in the drama category at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Written and directed by Courtney Hunt (first time writer and director), the film stars Melissa Leo (best known for five seasons as a cast member on tv's Homicide: Life on the Street in the '90's) and Misty Upham (from nothing you've ever seen before) as women in a small town in far upstate New York near the Canadian border. Both single moms and with few options to make ends meet, they become wrapped up in illegal border smuggling along the St. Lawrence River, which divides the two nations. Co-starring is Michael O'Keefe (Caddyshack, Michael Clayton, a 1979 Best Supporting Actor nominee for The Great Santini) as a New York State Trooper tracking the two women.
The movie was filmed on location in upstate New York (where it gets hella cold, let me tell you), and after winning at Sundance, it was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for limited release in August. (Tim Briody/BOP)