THE IMMIGRANT: Directed by James Gray
Ewa (Marion Cotillard), an immigrant from Poland, is on her way to the United States with her younger sister. When her sister is held back because she’s ill, Ewa must do whatever she can to make enough money to get her sister into the country. She meets a man named Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), a complicated and dangerous man who uses her to his advantage.
– It’s been a long time since I saw Two Lovers, which is James Gray’s previous film before The Immigrant. I remember liking it, and with a strong cast of Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Renner, The Immigrant was something that I was excited for.
– I believe this is the fourth time that director James Gray and Joaquin Phoenix have made a film together (The Yards, We Own the Night, Two Lovers, The Immigrant).
– The film is set in 1920’s Manhattan, following the life of one immigrant, Ewa. Even though the film is set in a time period such a long time ago, the film is very relevant and relatable today. Everyday, everybody in the world is trying to accomplish something to give themselves a better life, chasing after the ‘American Dream.’ Ewa deals with a lifestyle that nobody deserves, but she does what she needs to do to make the money to get her sister a better life.
– Cotillard really carries the film. She makes you feel for her character, which was so important in making this film a success. Watching the pain and suffering Ewa goes through is really eye opening, and Cotillard’s delivery of her characters sadness, yet ‘never give up attitude’ was expressed perfectly.
– Ewa is completely damaged, having to resort to prostitution in a brand new country, without her sister, and working for a sick and dangerous man. Aside from all of the negatives, Ewa has so much strength and willpower that can really capture the attention of an audience, which is the main reason why I think this film will be embraced by a wide range of people.
– In a way, Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) is also after his own form of the ‘American Dream.’ Although what he does is not right, he’s just doing what he needs to do to make a living. His character is very complex. He clearly has strong feelings for Ewa, but he has no idea how to live a normal kind of lifestyle.
There aren’t many reviews of The Immigrant out there right now, and it will be interesting to see what the majority thinks when it does. It’s fairly slow with little to no action, but it never felt like the run time was going by slowly. With some solid performances from the leads and a story that anybody can relate to, The Immigrant is a film that should appeal to anybody that’s just trying to make a better life for themselves.
THE IMMIGRANT: 7.5/10