The Immigrant 

Drama | English and Polish with English subtitles | 117 minutes


In 1921, Ewa and her sister Magda, leave their impoverished home in Poland and arrive in Ellis Island hoping for a better life. Magda is quarantined as immigration officials fear she has a lung disease. Ewa is suspected of being immoral and threatened with deportation. Bruno, a slick opportunist, rescues Ewa and offers her a job as a dancer at his club, Bandits’ Roost. Taking advantage of a desperate Ewa, he next forces her into prostitution. When Ewa meets Emil, a charismatic illusionist, she hopes he will be her savior. A triangle now develops between Ewa, Bruno, and Emil. Ewa hopes she can accumulate enough money to release Magda from quarantine and prevent a confrontation between  Bruno and Emil from ending tragically.   

Marion Cotillard (Ewa Cybulska) / Joaquin Phoenix (Bruno Weiss) / Jeremy Renner (Emil)
Why Stream This Film?
The immigrant experience is often depicted as one of struggle and eventual triumph. But in this riveting, very disturbing film, the immigrant confronts terror and evil and a fight to survive in the  New World.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 86%
  • Metacritic Score: 77
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Winner, Best Actress (Marion Cotillard)
  • Cannes Film Festival: Nominated, Best Director (James Gray)
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Outstanding Ensemble Cast (Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner)
  • Toronto Film Critics Association Awards: Winner, Best Actress (Marion Cotillard)
  • The film was selected as a New York Times (NYT) Critic’s Pick by A.O. Scott
THE IMMIGRANT has many moments of exceptional power and rare delicacy, none more potent than the final shot, which achieves a haunting visual balance between the characters of Ewa and Bruno.
Dan Callahan

THE IMMIGRANT has a depth and purity of feeling the makes other movies feel timid and small by comparison.
A.O. Scott

The New York Times

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