The film 's strong emphasis on the poverty that Ray is living under allows the viewer understand and sympathize with her struggles. The film first presents Ray’s home as an unstable household. Ray faces deception as her savings are stolen by her gambling addict husband. Those savings were going towards buying a new, insulated trailer. To cope with her loss, Ray chain smo...
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...d Lila are caught. Although Ray is turned in and will not get to spend time with her sons the punishment she receives is inadequate to the loss of two Chinese girls. Ray will only have to serve a couple of months in jail and return freely to her family.
The film Frozen River presents the benefits that Lila and Ray attain from human trafficking and degrades the suffering of the victims involved in human smuggling. Lila and Ray view human smuggling as necessary to their survival. It becomes difficult to side with the victims because there is a deep concern for the poverty that Lila and Ray are caught up in. These social issues presented in the film conflict with the issue of human trafficking that are neglected throughout the film. The circumstances that Lila and Ray face show us human trafficking benefits them overall and reduces the burden of being single mothers.
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