Watch the original version of Frozen River
Lila sits at the kitchen table of the small, rundown house she shares with her four children, contemplating her circumstances. Her husband had died in a car accident three years ago, and since then, her mother-in-law had taken her newborn son away. She had spent the last year searching for him but had yet to find a lead. She was feeling defeated and hopeless when she heard a knock on the door.
Opening it, she found Ray, a single mother with two young children, standing in the doorway. Ray had just put down a down payment for a trailer home, only to have her husband disappear with the money. She was desperate for help and had heard that Lila might be able to provide it.
Seeing the desperation in Ray’s eyes and understanding her struggles, Lila welcomed her into her home and offered her whatever help she could provide.
The two women quickly bonded over their similar struggles and began to plan a way to make money. After some brainstorming, they decided to use the skills they had to start a small bakery business.
They began to spend time together, gathering supplies, perfecting recipes and marketing their product. They quickly developed a successful business and soon, they were able to make enough money to pay off their debt, provide food and shelter for their children, and even help save up for a trailer home.
As the months went by, Lila improved the exterior of their home, painting the walls and adding a garden of wildflowers in the front yard. She and Ray also decided to become foster parents to children in need and began to put out notices in the paper and visit social workers to find foster children.
As the summer months went by, Lila and Ray’s little house began to fill with laughter and joy. The children were happy to have two loving mothers in their lives and were grateful for the stability that the two women had created for them.
Things continued to improve for the two families as the bakery business began to expand and they were able to save more money. With the additional income, they were even able to put in a pool and a small playground in the back yard.
One day, Lila received a call from a social worker regarding a young boy who had been abandoned by his mother. Knowing that this was an answer to her prayers, Lila agreed to take him in. Shortly after, Ray found out that her missing husband had been seen in town and the police were looking for him.
Though they faced many more trials and hardships, Lila and Ray were determined to make a life for their children in Massena. They were determined to put their pasts behind them and to look forward to a brighter future.
The next few months were a whirlwind of activity as the two families adjusted to the new addition to their home. Ray’s daughter, Sarah, in particular, found joy in caring for the young boy, teaching him about the importance of family and unconditional love. Each day was filled with laughter, dancing, and endless stories as the children and their parents grew closer.
Though it was a difficult time for the two moms, it was also a time of healing. As the weeks went on, the women began to feel more at peace and confident in their decision to open their home to the children in need.
One day, a knock came on their door and to the families surprise, it was Ray’s husband. He had come to apologize for leaving her and the children and to return the money he had stolen. Though it took some time, the two were eventually able to forgive him and their family was reunited.
The two women, along with their newly reunited family, celebrated the next few months. More children came to join the home, making it a bustling and vibrant home. Eventually, they were able to move into the trailer home, thankful for the blessings they had received.
With their dreams realized and the family finally complete, Lila and Ray celebrated a life of endless joy and love.
Years have passed since Lila and Ray opened their home and hearts to the children in need. Though life has had its challenges, the two women have never forgotten their mission to provide a safe and loving home for all of the children in their care.
They have built a successful business, setting up a small bakery in town. With the money they’ve earned, they’ve been able to buy a larger trailer home and take vacations as a family. As the years have gone by, the family has grown closer, becoming an inseparable unit in their small town.
Lila and Ray often look back on their journey together and are grateful for their life in Massena. Despite their struggles, they have never lost hope and they are thankful for the many blessing they have been given and the children they have taken in.
Some scenes from the AI movie Frozen River
EXT. RAY’S HOUSE – DAY
We see a rundown house in a suburban neighborhood. The front yard is filled with weeds and the paint is chipping off the exterior walls.
We hear a knock at the door and the camera shifts to a close-up of LILA (30’s), a single mom of four children, who is sitting at the kitchen table. She gets up and slowly makes her way to the door.
(Opening the door)
We see RAY (30’s) standing in the doorway. She has two young children with her and looks desperate.
Is this where Lila lives? I heard she could help me…
(Smiling, understanding immediately)
Yes, come in.
We cut to a wider shot as Lila greets Ray and her two kids into the house.
INT. LILA’S HOUSE – DAY
We see Lila and Ray sitting at the kitchen table, drinking coffee as they brainstorm a way to make money. They talk about their skills and what they can do, until they finally decide to start a small bakery business.
Lila and Ray quickly get to work, gathering supplies and perfecting recipes. As the months go by, their business begins to take off.
EXT. LILA’S HOUSE – DAY
The exterior of the house has been improved with a coat of paint and a garden of wildflowers in the front yard. We can see the children playing in the backyard pool and on the playground that has been set up.
We cut to the inside of the house where we see Lila and Ray discussing becoming foster parents to children in need. They put out notices in the paper and visit social workers to find foster children.
INT. LILA’S HOUSE – DAY
We see a montage of the family’s life as the months go by. We see them laughing, dancing, and telling stories as the children and their parents grow closer.
EXT. LILA’S HOUSE – DAY
We see Lila and Ray outside with the children when they hear a knock on the door. We cut to the doorstep where we see a social worker with a young boy has been abandoned by his mother. Lila looks at Ray and they exchange a knowing glance.
Yes, we’ll take him.
We cut back to the exterior of the house where the family is now gathered. Lila and Ray embrace the boy and the children all gather around him in a hug.