Frozen River Offers Slice of Working-Poor Life
- Monday, February 16, 2009
As T.J., Charlie McDermott is very convincing and likeable. He may be trailer trash, and he may be stealing credit card numbers, but he’s a good kid, despite it all. He’s taking care of his mother and his brother, and he’s going to make sure that kid gets his race track for Christmas.
The film gives us a glimpse of reservation life—the different judicial system, the abject racism (which goes both ways) and the clan-like mores of Native culture. Hunt doesn’t preach, and she doesn’t judge. Her message is a simple one, likely intended for a country which may be in a recession, but which still has little understanding of how tough things truly are for the lower classes—or single moms. She invites us to look, listen and learn. Those who have ears to hear and eyes to see will certainly find compassion—if not the desire to reach out.
- Director’s commentary
- Drugs/Alcohol: Characters consume alcohol in several scenes; main character smokes throughout film.
- Language/Profanity: A few profanities and obscenities, some strong.
- Sex/Nudity: None.
- Violence: Mild. Two women tussle after one steals a car (on injuries); several characters point guns throughout the film, threatening other characters but without shooting; one character shoots a gun into a door; a male character pushes and shoves two female characters; a baby’s life is unknowingly threatened by one character, who believes the child has died; a trailer catches fire when one character tries to warm up the pipes with a blowtorch, but quickly puts it out.
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