Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Immigrant by James Gray, 2013 (R)
with Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy, Avengers, The Hurt Locker, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), Marion Cotillard (Little White Lies, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Contagion, Midnight in Paris), Joaquin Phoenix (Her, The Master), Dagmara Dominczyk, Angela Sarafyan, Antoni Corone (I Love You Phillip Morris), Ilia Volok, Dylan Hartigan
After arriving in New York, Polish immigrant Ewa must provide for her ill sister -- and soon falls under the thumb of charming thug Bruno, who forces her into a life of prostitution. But when she falls for a magician, her fortunes may turn.
Consider it a romantic drama with pieces of American history, and you will be served... Nothing of a masterpiece, the characters are very obvious, the roles are very define, and even Marion Cotillard who tries hard to play the role of a woman with major ethical contradictions is simplified to a victim determined only for the sake of her sister. The discontinuity of her behavior makes it quite unbelievable, and the story becomes irrelevant, sad.