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The Immigrant (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Beautiful visuals, James Gray's confident direction, and a powerful performance from Marion Cotillard combine to make The Immigrant a richly rewarding period drama.

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In James Gray's THE IMMIGRANT, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda (Angela Sarafyan) 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 (Joaquin Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. The arrival of Orlando (Jeremy Renner) - a dashing stage magician who is also Bruno's cousin - restores her self-belief and hopes for a brighter future, becoming her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself. (c) Weinstein Comore
Rating: R (for sexual content, nudity and some language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: James Gray, Ric Menello
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 7, 2015
Runtime:
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Cast

Marion Cotillard
as Ewa Cybulski
Joaquin Phoenix
as Bruno Weiss
Jeremy Renner
as Orlando the Magician
Yelena Solovey
as Rosie Hertz
Ilia Volok
as Voytek Bistricky
Maja Wampuszyc
as Edyta Bistricky
Angela Sarafyan
as Magda Cybulski
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News & Interviews for The Immigrant

Critic Reviews for The Immigrant

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (37)

The physical look of the movie is a revelation of a lost past.

Full Review… | September 22, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

The film is an achievement. Its complex reckoning of moral decency deserves a bigger audience.

Full Review… | June 11, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

The Immigrant functions quite impressively as a character piece (or pieces, as the film is as much about Bruno as Ewa), a condemnation of the subjugation of foreigners and as a uniquely beautiful period piece.

Full Review… | August 4, 2015
Tiny Mix Tapes

One of the wonders of the film is how Gray reveals unexpected depths and dimensions of these characters throughout their journeys.

Full Review… | April 25, 2015
Parallax View

The Immigrant's handsome Blu-Ray transfer should be welcomed with open arms, even if there's little meat on the bone here for fans of special features.

Full Review… | March 31, 2015
We Got This Covered

For what it is - a golden-toned melodrama about an innocent being tarnished and then redeemed in the Big City - The Immigrant is a lovely piece of work.

Full Review… | January 4, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for The Immigrant

An interesting story with a lot of potential but undermined by its inability to make us relate to it in almost any level, tending towards melodrama and becoming like a soap-opera after some time. In the end, it remains cold, with characters that could have been more well explored.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Cotillard, Phoenix and Renner in the land of opportunity.

Good Film! James Gray's latest tale of melancholic woe and spirits in emotional turmoil takes us back to when America was the land of opportunity for the tired, poor, huddled masses. The director's fifth feature is once again centered in New York, where past entries like "Little Odessa" and "Two Lovers" took place, but "The Immigrant" takes us back ninety years, putting a classical spin on his typical tale. "The Immigrant" may rest mostly on its trinity of actors' shoulders, but it is a rich experience thanks to Gray's operatic direction, which feels like an homage to the days of both Chaplin and Coppola. I do find it to be an almost incomplete film, as I feel its ending felt more like a respite than a true completion. Perhaps it's due to the fact that I feel Gray could do so much more in this era, and tell more of this woman's story. But as it stands, I find "The Immigrant" to be a fine film with a great deal to say, and it acts as a beautiful showcase for Cotillard.

1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulska 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, she quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, Ewa 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.

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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

The Immigrant is a beautifully resized period film that presents a knotty tangle of ethical decisions. It's rather understated and probably why director James Gray's work charms critics over mainstream audiences. The three protagonists are fully realized creations that captivate. What superficially appears like a love triangle is actually much deeper and morally complex. Gray has a talent for extracting raw emotion. Additionally, the production has a nice feel for time and place. Costumes and cinematography superbly add to the historical detail. The filmmaker grew up in New York City and it's a place he returns to again and again in his movies. This is a story that upholds the promise of America, but doesn't deny the cold harsh reality.

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hobster1
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

The Immigrant Quotes

Ewa Cybulski: "Is it a sin for me to survive when I have done so many bad things?"
– Submitted by Humbler A (23 months ago)

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