My Reel of the week is 2008's " Frozen River". It's the story of two women from two very different worlds, drawn together by a shared goal. Taking care of their families. Both have been betrayed by the men who purported to love them.
Lila (Misty Upham) is a Mohawk woman trying to raise the money to get her child back from the mother of her husband, but finds herself resorting again & again to the quick money that comes from walking on the fringe of the law on and off the rez.
Ray (Melissa Leo)who is desperately seeking a new life for her kids is thwarted at every turn, by her husband choosing his love of gambling & drinking over his love for his family.
The two meet when Ray, who is once again on the brink of starting a new life, finds her husband has absconded with the money she has saved. She goes off in search of her errant husband and finds his car leaving the Mohawk Bingo hall, being driven by Lila.
This chance meeting and the love these two have for their children is the catalyst for a foolhardy plan and a downward spiral, neither woman anticipated.
A tentative and at times antagonistic friendship develops with unexpected results.
I was really moved by the human drama of "Frozen River". I am always pleased to see stories with Native Americans , along with other minorities they get too little attention and are, continually under utilized or misrepresented in Hollywood. "Frozen River" told a great story, a relatable story. The acting was admirable with a surprisingly fresh performance by "The middle" star Charlie McDermott, it was sensitive and well thought out for one so young. "Frozen River" for me, was memorable.