The Immigrant

The Immigrant

Streaming Video - 2014
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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.
Publisher: [United States]: Entertainment One, 2014.
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 117 min.)) : sd., col.
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JCLSheidaB Jun 30, 2017

Dark and realistic story of a polish immigrant’s life in the early 1900s in New York. I found the depiction of a newcomer’s fear and vulnerability profoundly moving. With powerful performances by Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner and Joaquin Phoenix.

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firefly5
Apr 08, 2017

This movie is not believable. She just steps of the boat and off she goes with a complete stranger. Removed the dvd and did not watch.

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Nooksack20
Dec 08, 2016

Dark drama which portrays all female immigrants as victims.

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mdroo
Apr 24, 2016

its' chilling - they are opening up ellis island, makes you remember auschwicz, look it up.

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meanjulio
Apr 19, 2016

Gritty historical drama mixed with schmaltzy Hollywood, and not in a good way. For those of you out there thinking, "Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, AND Jeremy Renner? Yes, please!" be warned: This story starts off depressing and goes down from there. The actors do a good job, the direction and sets and costumes are beautiful... but man, the story was just nothing that ever panned out. I feel like the story had the choice to go really cliche, or be something gritty but real- unfortunately, it wobbled between these two options, and never found a way out.

Mojde Feb 22, 2016

I liked that, good performance.But it was a heart breaking story of survival immigrant.

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akirakato
Feb 16, 2016

This is a 2013 American drama directed by James Gray.
Beautiful visuals, James Gray's confident direction, and the powerful performances of the major actors make the film a richly rewarding period drama.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Nov 16, 2015

Thought provoking about what people will do in times of desperation. This makes me think of, "Les Miserable." Why one would make this choice over theft is puzzling.

Recommend for the library "Notable" DVD shelf.

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dthomas6
Oct 31, 2015

Slow. Depressing. Yawn.

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MaxwellYates2
Oct 21, 2015

The performances were fine. Marion Cotillard is particularly good as a young and recent immigrant who is tricked and taken under the protection of Bruno played by Joaquin Phoenix. The story is a tad slow and slightly monotonous. Even the presence of Jeremy Renner in a pivotal role of a magician doesn't make this a film above the watch if nothing else to is on which is a shame as the director James Gray is a considerable talent and I have enjoyed his previous features, including his 3 collaborations with Phoenix.

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jimg2000
Apr 25, 2015

Bruno: Good morning! It's raining today. Let's hope it rains money!

Bruno: Here's your cut, for your sister. What? You don't like money? If you don't want it, I'll keep it.
Ewa: I like money.
Bruno: Good.
Ewa: I don't like you. I hate you. And I hate myself.

Orlando: He paid the money.
Bruno: I don't want his money.
Orlando: Since when don't you
want money, Bruno?

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jimg2000
Apr 25, 2015

Ewa to Aunt: Is it a sin to want to survive, when I have done many bad things?

Bruno to Ewa: I used to dance on the streets as a kid for money. We would fasten tin to our shoes. The things you do to survive.

Orlando: Now, before I go I just want to say, don't give up the faith. Don't give up the hope. The American dream is waiting for you.

Bruno: Thank me? For what? I picked you. ... If you could lick my heart, you'd taste nothing but poison. See, you think there's goodness in everybody, but there isn't. So you go and forget about me, and forget about this place. And you forget the things that I made you do. Because I took everything I had from you and I gave you nothing. Nothing. 'Cause I'm nothing. You... are not nothing.

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