Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
"Immigrant" is the coming of age story of Daanyik, a nine year-old Russian boy, whose family immigrates to the United States in the late nineteen-seventies to pursue the American Dream. Daanyik's childhood of pencil drawings and toy soldier battles in Moscow is interrupted overnight as he is hurled into the harsh reality of adulthood in New York City. Upon losing his father Deema, Daanyik and his mother, Meela, are left poor, alone and helpless in a foreign land. Out of desperation for survival, Meela begins a relationship with Tolik, an abusive man that may have had a hand in Deema's death. Daanyik finds himself trapped in a precarious web of torment brought on by his new stepfather, a lecherous Rabbi and a neighborhood bully. Drawing becomes his only source of comfort and catharsis. As his battles grow fiercer, Daanyik, at the tender age of nine, is left to overcome insurmountable odds to save himself and his mother from complete destruction. Written by
It's a shame that the IMDb rating board has become a facebook-like forum for childish people to vent their feelings toward either the filmmaker, an actor or maybe a boom-boy.
Would one think for one second Paul Sorvino would be in a film that deserves one-star because it's amateurish? Come on really?
The movie is very dour, but it seems the filmmakers experience was so. What I didn't really understand were the flashbacks of old NY City from maybe the 1940's and 50's. I don't see how it related to the story.
The acting, and story is quite good as is the cinematography. Samuel Dixon the boy that played Daanyik did an excellent job. You could feel the rage through the screen. In fact many of us growing up got bullied at one time or another (unless you were the bully) and he did all the things we imagined we wanted to do to those bullies, but thankfully never did.
Angela Gots gives a very nice performance as the stubborn Meela. She is not shrill nor annoying. I'm assuming some reviewers have a personal issue with her perhaps. She played the part as it should have been, somewhat domineering and hard-headed to get her way.
I find this a very well-done film with a VERY important story to tell. My hats off to all involved. It was well-done. It was definitely not the CGI dull-witted Hollywood movies I normally fall asleep through.
Again, I'm not deconstructing every angle and scene. I'm simply reviewing as a movie- lover and I felt this was a good movie well- worth watching.
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