Golden Door (2007)
Critic Consensus: Slow-moving but ultimately rewarding, Golden Door is a profound drama with scenes of fantastical magical realism, lively humor, and stunning images.
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as Lucy Reed
as Pietro Mancuso
as Rosa Napolitano
as Rita D'Agostini
as Salvatore Mancuso
as Fortunata Mancuso
as Angelo Mancuso
as Don Luigi
as Don Ercole
as Del Fiore
as Dr. Zampino
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Critic Reviews for Golden Door
Yes, the details are spot-on and realistic in the extreme. But we've seen them before. It's the story Crialese hangs this detail on that's weak.
Its minutiae don't bring a lump in the throat -- just a drumming of the fingers.
The rhythms of the movie are slow and daydreamy, but [director] Crialese delights in breaking up the realism with his protagonist's mystical -- almost madcap -- visions of the New World's abbondanza.
The film never really coheres, and although some scenes are amazing, the total is slow, ponderous and sometimes silly.
[Director] Crialese ends his film on an exquisite note of fantasy: an indelible image of hope and good fortune. His vision is unique; his film, strange and lovely.
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Golden Door is a miniature epic, tracking a Sicilian's family emigration to the USA. It starts much too slowly, and although characters are established, it is ill thought out - particularly the dream sequences, which could have provided an added insight.Once the action moves onto the voyage, however, and Charlotte Gainsbourg's character is introduced, an interesting story emerges, and this, combined with humorous touches, are what make the film bearable. It is well directed and shot, with the other lead character, Vincenzo Amato, also impressing.. 2 1/2 Stars 3-19-14
[font=Century Gothic]"Golden Door" is an intricately detailed yet ethereal movie about the journey of a group of Italian peasants to America around 1900. Hoping to be reunited with his brother in the New World, Salvatore Mancuso(Vincenzo Amato) travels with his sons Angelo(Francesco Casisa) and Pietro(Filippo Pucillo), along with his elderly mother(Aurora Quattrocchi). They are escorting two young women, Rita(Federica De Cola) and Rosa(Isabella Ragonese), who are going to the United States to marry men they have never met. Just as they are about to depart Italy, Lucy Reed(Charlotte Gainsbourg) enters the picture...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]None of the emigrants have ever gone any distance beyond the village they were born in, so what makes them take such a perilous journey is the extreme poverty at home coupled with the fantastic promises of America which include money on trees, huge vegetables and rivers flowing with milk. They are not stupid, just lacking a proper education at a time when technology is not quite at a point to permit a free flow of information. All they have are postcards of a wondrous land.[/font]
Well-shot immigration drama ends on quite a peculiar note.
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