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1,324 Ratings

The Immigrant

Directed by James Gray
United States, 2013


On the mean streets of Manhattan, Ewa falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution.

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The Immigrant Directed by James Gray

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Village Voice Film Poll

2014 | Winner: Best Actress

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography

While Bruno does hold great sway over Ewa’s story, the film’s focus is her struggle to bear the burden of achieving the American dream. Her story, then, fills a historically overlooked female perspective on labour in film, one where work doesn’t take the form of the more cinematically celebrated narratives of macho American work life, like the mafia (The Godfather and The Godfather II) or crime rings (Gangs of New York). It’s the one that no one wants to talk about: sex.
August 21, 2014
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There is the potential for a dangerous religious obscurantism here that favors an ethereal salvation over the material realities of their situation. But Gray’s sentimental melodrama is foremost a humanist film that privileges the individual experience—their feelings and desires—over favoring the system itself, which often runs the risk of depicting the characters as the helpless victims of a tragic history.
July 21, 2014
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If everything is movement, if everything is formal, so Gray’s camera is no longer a camera-stylo and is now a camera-microscope or a camera-bucksaw, because it whittles and analyses frontally the situations and emotions. Henceforth, if we are seeing a film about someone who is going farther and is crying to reach her destiny to the will of destiny, what is left to us is being complacent to the sanctity of the woman who walks.
July 09, 2014
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