Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cool Warrendale Thing of the Week: Film Discussion Group

I am a film buff. I love movies, especially some of the really great ones that are both entertaining and have some strong artistic value.

I also love Detroit's Warrendale neighborhood.

If you combine those two things, you have something that puts me in a state of near Nirvana.

And that is exactly what is happening at the Edison Branch (18400 Joy Rd.) of the Detroit Public Library next week. They are launching a film discussion group that will watch the critically acclaimed film Frozen River. An informal discussion of the film will follow.

This special event will happen on Wednesday, June 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the library.

Frozen River takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling presents a daily challenge to single moms who would otherwise be earning minimum wage. Two women - one white, one Mohawk, both single mothers faced with desperate circumstances - are drawn into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. Ray and Lila - and a New York State Trooper as opponent in an evolving cat-and-mouse game.

Frozen River was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Actress and Best Screenplay).

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