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Melissa Leo is Terrific!,
This review is from: Frozen River (DVD)
FROZEN RIVER is a gripping drama that features one of 2008's finest performances.
Like Bette Davis before her, Melissa Leo is an actress who puts craft over glamor. She's not afraid to let herself appear totally unattractive on the screen if that is what the role requires. She more than deserves every award she's received thus far.
In this film, written and directed by Courtney Hunt, Melissa plays a middle-age woman whose husband has just left her and their two sons. She's broke, lives in a broken-down mobile home in frigid upstate New York and works part-time at a local variety store. Her dream is to buy a double-wide mobile home, but hubby has gambled away the money for that.
Melissa's life changes when she meets a widowed Mohawk woman (Misty Upham) who survives by smuggling illegal immigrants into the United States from Canada. Seeing this as an opportunity to get her new mobile home, Melissa partners with the woman, but soon finds herself running from the law.
The DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment includes audio commentary by Hunt and producer Heather Rae.
© Michael B. Druxman