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Amazing Film about Life on the Border
written by jmwagner66 January 27, 2012 - 5:45 PM PST
The border of the Mohawk Reservation, with Canada and the US (hence the smuggling). The border of homelessness. The border of motherhood. People are desperate and trying not so much to improve their lives, as to keep from losing ground. Very little separates these folks from that "rock bottom" we hear so much about but those of in the middle class rarely experience. One woman chases her husband to another woman's house. The women end up working together to try to undo the damage that the men in their lives have done. The ending isn't "happy" by Hollywood standards, but knowing people in these situations, it ain't that bad.

Cinematically this is gorgeous. The views of the great white north. The frozen river across which people drive at their own peril. The gritty scenes of life near the bottom of the social ladder. It's all beautiful and treacherous so double beautiful.

The directing was done with a light touch. Living in a town with similar activities and similar family relationships, I was waiting for the big bloody beating in front of the bar. I didn't get it. I got more. The daily agony and struggle and striving for human dignity of the chronically poor.


(Average 7.95)
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