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The Immigrant (2013)

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1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.

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James Gray

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James Gray, Ric Menello (as Richard Menello)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Cotillard ... Ewa Cybulska
Joaquin Phoenix ... Bruno Weiss
Jeremy Renner ... Orlando the Magician / Emil
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Belva
Jicky Schnee ... Clara
Elena Solovey ... Rosie Hertz (as Yelena Solovey)
Maja Wampuszyc ... Edyta Bistricky
Ilia Volok ... Wojtek Bistricky
Angela Sarafyan ... Magda Cybulska
Antoni Corone ... Customs Officer Thomas MacNally
Patrick Husted ... Priest
Patrick Holden O'Neill ... Leo Straub (as Patrick O'Neill)
Sam Tsoutsouvas Sam Tsoutsouvas ... Oskar Straub
Robert Clohessy ... Immigration Official
Adam Rothenberg ... Officer DeKeiffer
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1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulska and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda 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, she quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, Ewa encounters Bruno's cousin, the debonair magician Orlando. He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself. Written by Wild Bunch

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film marks the first time that James Gray wrote a leading role for a woman. He wrote the character Ewa Cybulska especially for Marion Cotillard. He also wrote the role of Bruno especially for Joaquin Phoenix. See more »

Goofs

The famous opera singer Enrico Caruso did sing at Ellis Island, but not in February 1921. Carusos's last performance was in late December 1920, after which his health deteriorated. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ewa Cybulska: [standing in line at Ellis Island speaking Polish] We're almost there.
Magda Cybulska: [coughing]
Ewa Cybulska: The doctors are looking, try to hold it in. You're just nervous. That brings it on. Try to close your ears and say a prayer, to the Mother of God.
Magda Cybulska: I will.
Ewa Cybulska: We'll find Aunt Edyta soon, and we'll be safe. We'll be together. We'll make our own families, have lots of children.
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Inspiring Immigration Movies (2017) See more »

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Sing That Melody
Written by Keith Nichols
Courtesy of APM Music
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A flat ride
25 April 2017 | by ImdbidiaSee all my reviews

The Immigrant has all the ingredients to be a blockbuster and an excellent movie: great actors, fantastic production, great atmosphere, historical settings, and a touching story about the harshness of immigration in the USA after the WW1 without sugar-coated BS. Yet, for whatever reason, the movie felt flat most of the time to me, and not touching despite the story being a priori very touching.

Phoenix is always great in whatever he does, and he's the only actor whose character I felt and believed to be real in this film. Marion Cotillard is really sweet but, despite the role being written for her, the dramatic coloratura of the script, speaking in Polish, and shedding the perfect tear, her acting feels flat, as if she had taken a muscular relaxant during the film; unfortunately, I didn't think her acting was coming from the heart and it didn't touch mine. I found Jeremy Renner miscast in his role, he has no chemistry with Cotillard on camera and he was never meant to be a rival of the always powerful Phoenix.

The script has no tempo, unfortunately, so it dragged me alone on a two-hour flat ride. You know, the movie is really sad and emotional, but it rarely moved me, intrigued me, or kept me waiting for what was coming next. The movie felt, depending of the times, clichéd, phony, overly melodramatic, a bit frigid, but mostly unfocused and confused, and that's always the director's fault.

Overall, this is a nice film to watch, but it deflates before it gets fully inflated. There are many things I liked about this film, truly, but nothing I really loved, unfortunately.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Polish | Latin

Release Date:

23 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,064, 18 May 2014

Gross USA:

$2,025,328

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,952,884
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