One of the very first scenes in the film is when Ray sits barefoot in a car in front of her house, smokes a cigarette, and cries, after she finds an empty glove box, where she kept her savings for the down payment of her ‘dream house’. It’s a very long and slow close-up shot, which first focuses on woman’s feet and then slowly moves upward to show the details of her face. This close-up shot of Ray’s face is repeated in different scenes throughout the film, which allows viewers to clearly see her life struggle on her face.
Ray, who works at...
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...d suspense. As stated previously, Frozen River is unique in its genre due to the almost complete lack of “rhetoric or sentimentality” (French). This is one of the most important features, which significantly distinguishes this film from overly sentimental and over-romanticized Hollywood films.
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