#REVIEW: “THE IMMIGRANT”
Separated by misfortune and reunited by determination, The Immigrant is a remarkable Tale of two Catholic Polish Sisters, Ewa (Marion Cotillard) and Magda (Angela Sarafyan). Upon arriving in America seeking a new life with the help of their Family, we witness Ewa‘s impoverished and grueling journey which sees her forced into a life of prostitution, separated from her ailing Sister who is quarantined for Lung Disease. Along the way, Ewa is cared for by the volatile Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix). She however, becomes partial to his Illusionist Cousin, Emil (Jeremy Renner) and a complicated web is weaved as Bruno falls for Ewa. The Film, directed by James Gray, recalls stories he had been told by his Grandparents about their experiences settling in America in the ’20s.
After debuting in Cannes last year to acclaim, The Immigrant quietly almost has been forgotten, but those of us in Toronto and Vancouver now will have a chance to see it in Limited Release. Highlighted by outstanding performances from its Trio of Stars, the Film without ever getting lost in graphic melodrama, presents its Leads in as humanistic a way as possible amidst grim circumstances.
Phoenix masterfully takes his manipulative Bruno and somehow through it all makes us want to see his redemption, while Renner charms at every opportunity as Ewa‘s advocate and ally. Cotillard unflinchingly is committed, disappearing into the psyche of a scarred Woman, driven to untangle her way through endless setbacks and betrayals to find her beloved Sister.
Exquisitely-styled, The Immigrant certainly is a cathartic experience – a Story which both needs to be seen and heard.
eOne Films release THE IMMIGRANT in Toronto and Vancouver, Friday, June 6, 2014.