Source: Catholic News Service
Two cash-strapped women in upstate New York – one (Misty Upham) a widowed Mohawk, the other (Melissa Leo) a white working-class mother of two sons (Charlie McDermott and James Reilly) abandoned by her gambling-addicted husband – are driven to smuggle undocumented aliens from Canada across the ice-bound St. Lawrence River into the United States for pay. Writer-director Courtney Hunt's somber, understated but dramatically effective feature debut is an unflinching study of hard times, racial divisions, the plight of migrants and the lure of fast money, though it also ultimately celebrates barrier-transcending friendship, rediscovered decency and quiet, self sacrificing heroism. Human trafficking theme, some rough and crude language, and a brief strip club scene without nudity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III – adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R – restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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