Director: James Gray
Writer(s): James Gray, Ric Menello
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner,
Awards: Nominated for Palme d'Or at Cannes
1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, she encounters Bruno’s cousin, the debonair magician Orlando. He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself.
“A magnificently lush, broody period piece that harks back to the great maternal melodramas of the mid-20th century.” – Ella Taylor, NPR
“Gray has said he was inspired by Puccini, and with a staggering last shot, “The Immigrant” reaches a crescendo of operatic beauty.” – Jake Coyle, Associated Press
“It’s Cotillard, recalling icons of the silent screen, whose face reflects the bruised heart of The Immigrant, a timeless film from a director whose work rewards the closest attention.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone