RADIO // Beyond the SubtitlesMelissa Leo, Frozen River
Hosted by Stephen Schaefer
Originally aired 7/28/08
Just as Marion Cotillard and Julie Christie blossomed last year into Oscar certainties, Melissa Leo's towering performance as a never-give-up single mother in Courtney Hunt's Frozen River won't be forgotten or ignored come awards season. Native New Yorker Leo, a veteran of the Homicide series who won accolades as Benicio Del Toro's explosive mate in Nine Grams, talks about the ups and downs of an artist's life. As Ray Eddy, a woman with two sons whose gambling addict Indian husband has run off with their savings and the family car, Leo's been blessed with what may be her defining career role. Shot in upstate New York where a river and a Native American reservation divides America and Canada, Frozen River puts Ray in harm and the jailer's way when she agrees to help smuggle undocumented immigrants across the border.
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