Trailer Trash: The Movie A depressing little movie about dumb trailer trash white woman and how she tries, with the assistance of dumb trailer trash Mohawk woman, to make money by smuggling illegal aliens into the U.S. in the trunk of her car. She has no real regard for the poor people she stuffs in there; rather, she only has $ signs in her eyes as she lusts for a double-wide trailer so she can finally take a bath (which she badly needs, along with a complete makeover). The woman's kids, now fatherless since she shot dad/hubby in the foot because he is an on-again, off-again degenerate gambler (thus causing him to split for fear of losing his other foot or, perhaps, another, even more vital, appendage), are perpetually without food because she instead spends her meager earnings on a rent-to-own plasma television, cell phones and cigarettes. Hard to sympathize with her because she's so dumb and so callous about her human cargo.
Frozen River: stunning, genuine This is a coherent, gentle but unflinching story that wraps together in one smooth narrative many of the troubles that disturb this country as we drop slowly down the list of countries if you list them from top to bottom according to standard of living. Wonderful performances, great location, and amazingly, a happy ending -- of sorts. A nice little film Dealing with a very current topic - social and ethical issues related to immigration this art film does a more than decent job in highlighting the hard conditions shared among both escimo's and caucasians in the border region between the US and Canada.
The actors deliver strong performances mostly and authentical images of a social class working in the Walmarts and Gaps and often confined to trailer park like housing. In fact they are so authentic it in certain passages looks as if they were in fact recruited in these communities.
Despite the harsh realities they are faced with it is quite uplifting film in my eyes and one to watch if you get a chance Frozen River Great movie we only wish they can show it to more young people to know how much they take for granted what people are ready to die for. A superb movieVery Good Film That Misses an Opportunity I was drawn to "Frozen River" because of the Oscar buzz it drew. I came away impressed but have one major reservation that I'll elaborate on later. This is a terrific film that keeps you intrigued throughout. Ray(Melissa Leo) and Lila(Misty Upham) are drawn together not so much through friendship but through dire straits. Desperation forces Ray amd Lila to smuggle illegal aliens from Canada through Mohawk country into the U.S. The film terrifically portrays severe impoverishment that would force these women to do the unthinkable. Leo and Upham are superb as two strong women who take extraordinary means to keep their respective families together. My reservation? Despite it's theme the film makes nary a comment on illegal immigration. This is a good film but if the makers had tackled this hot button issue more forcefully it could have made the film more infinitely compelling.