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.
Why Stream This Film?
- 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
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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.
THE IMMIGRANT has a depth and purity of feeling the makes other movies feel timid and small by comparison.
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