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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… More

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"The physical look of the movie is a revelation of a lost past."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"At times, Khondji's golden portraiture can make the characters seem encased in amber. But there's a tremendous payoff for the patient."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Unsurprisingly, Marion Cotillard is key as the recipient of the film's many misfortunes, displaying both tenacity and fragility to cultivate audience investment in Ewa's choices."
‑ Sarah Ward, FILMINK (Australia)
"What's difficult to encapsulate is the vivid emotion that underpins this story, or the depths suggested by the close-ups of the remarkable Cotillard that explain her complex state as well as recalling the golden era of 1930s Hollywood cinematography."
‑ Craig Mathieson, Sydney Morning Herald
"Gray's beautiful, dark film is a reminder of the difficulties faced by immigrants in any place and at any time."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"The film is an achievement. Its complex reckoning of moral decency deserves a bigger audience."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"An astonishingly beautiful, irresistibly grim movie ..."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"The Immigrant is a bleak film, at times a little cold. But thanks to the magnificent work of Gray's cast, it's difficult to forget."
‑ Tom Clift, Concrete Playground
"A terrific, contained performance by Cotillard is the cherry in this classy period piece."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Just about everybody in The Immigrant may have misplaced their copy of the Declaration of Human Rights, but a perfectly sung operatic note needs no administrative documents to work its magic."
‑ Lisa Nesselson,
"Gray's movie is an almost flawlessly articulated example of the kind of thing we like to say they just don't make any more: serious, adult, character-driven and impassioned."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
"This is Gray's most mature work, and the picture raises Cotillard to a select pantheon."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"The film, too, changes shape as it goes along, beginning as something resembling social realism before developing into an old-fashioned "woman's picture.""
‑ Jake Wilson, Sydney Morning Herald
"I think this is really a beautiful film."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"As terrific as Cotillard is, Gray's coldly cerebral style keeps Ewa's plight at too far a remove."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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