Spoiled Children of Divorce


“Frozen River”

Frozen River, a Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize Winner, is an incredible movie about two women who come together as single mothers during the Hellish week after one is left by her gambler husband who has left his family in dire straights.  They meet as Ray (abandonned wife) is trying to locate her husband at the local Casino.  Lila is the other woman, a Mohawk who is wondering around pretty much an empty grief stricken shell because her husband died and her baby was taken away by his Grandmother (allowed in Mohawk society).  The women meet as Lila steals Ray’s husbands’ car which is hardly a typical introduction for friendship but manages to transform into that. Lila has been working with smugglers to transport illegal aliens across the Canadian/New York border.  She tricks Ray into working with her.

The story is mostly about the two Women and is set into a social back drop of poverty, addiction, racism, conflicting cultures, smuggling, illegal immigration. That’s a full load already and pretty amazing since the story centers mostly around the characters’ personal problems.

Ray’s two children, a 15 year old son and a 5 year old are very sensitivitely portrayed.  The oldest son is given huge amounts of responsibility for someone his age, typical of Children of D, as he takes care of his younger brother and rather woefully tries to come up with the money lost by his Father.  His brother is too young to pay much attention.  You don’t see these boys out with their buddies.  They hang out together and with the TV.  If you live constantly with the anxiety and threat of loss of a parent or your house you are less likely to be able to go out and play.

Repression of Rage and Desperation are constantly seething below the surface of this movie and toward the end dissolve into a really wonderful redemption for all characters.  I’m no movie critic but the acting seems to be awesome all around and I suspect that the Direction is stunning.

Really great movie.

Link to LA Times review:

http://www.calendarlive.com/movies/reviews/cl-et-river1-2008aug01,0,2791629.story

rozen River, a Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize Winner, is an incredible movie about two women who come together as single mothers during the Hellish week after one is left by her gambler husband who has left his family in dire straights.  They meet as Ray (abandonned wife) is trying to locate her husband at the local Casino.  Lila is the other woman, a Mohawk who is wondering around pretty much an empty grief stricken shell because her husband died and her baby was taken away by his Grandmother (allowed in Mohawk society).  The women meet as Lila steals Ray’s husbands’ car which is hardly a typical introduction for friendship but manages to transform into that. Lila has been working with smugglers to transport illegal aliens across the Canadian/New York border.  She tricks Ray into working with her.

The story is mostly about the two Women and is set into a social back drop of poverty, addiction, racism, conflicting cultures, smuggling, illegal immigration. That’s a full load already and pretty amazing since the story centers mostly around the characters’ personal problems.

Ray’s two children, a 15 year old son and a 5 year old are very sensitivitely portrayed.  The oldest son is given huge amounts of responsibility for someone his age, typical of Children of D, as he takes care of his younger brother and rather woefully tries to come up with the money lost by his Father.  His brother is too young to pay much attention.  You don’t see these boys out with their buddies.  They hang out together and with the TV.  If you live constantly with the anxiety and threat of loss of a parent or your house you are less likely to be able to go out and play.

Repression of Rage and Desperation are constantly seething below the surface of this movie and toward the end dissolve into a really wonderful redemption for all characters.  I’m no movie critic but the acting seems to be awesome all around and I suspect that the Direction is stunning.

Really great movie.

Link to LA Times review:

http://www.calendarlive.com/movies/reviews/cl-et-river1-2008aug01,0,2791629.story


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