The Immigrant Movie Review: James Gray’s Most Personal and Autobiographical Film to Date [WATCH VIDEO]

By Ambika Thakur | 2 years ago
The Immigrant Movie Review: James Gray’s Most Personal and Autobiographical Film to Date [WATCH VIDEO]

Strengthening himself as the grand classicist of his generation, director James Gray takes us back to 1920 in “The Immigrant,” a passionate story of a Catholic Polish nurse-turned-prostitute. Read on for the Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “The Immigrant” movie review and a brief synopsis of the film to learn more about it.

“The Immigrant” Film Synopsis:


Ewa and her sister Magda cruise to New York from Poland in search of a new beginning and a better life. When they reach Ellis Island, Magda is diagnosed sick with lung disease and hospitalised. Unfortunately, the two sisters are separated because of this.

Ewa is nearly deported while wandering the streets of Manhattan. Then, she promptly falls prey to Bruno, a pimp who takes her to his house and forces her into prostitution. Bruno takes advantage of Ewa’s desperation to make money and reunite with Magda. He makes her dance at the Bandits’ Roost theatre in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in either Central or Prospect Park.

Then, Bruno’s cousin Emil, who is a stage magician nicknamed Orlando, arrives as a ray of hope for Ewa. Emil tries to help her, but Bruno kills him and shatters Ewa’s hopes in the process. In the end, Ewa and Magda reunite, leaving Bruno alone.

“The Immigrant” Movie Review:

“The Immigrant,” is a film of intense emotional and narrative opulence with soulful performance by Marion Cotillard as Ewa. According to Gray, “The Immigrant” is his most personal film, so far.

“’The Immigrant’ is my most personal and autobiographical film to date,” explained Gray in a report by Variety.

“It’s 80% based on the recollections from my grandparents, who came to the United States in 1923,” he added.

James Gray’s convinced direction and an influential performance from Marion Cotillard combine to make “The Immigrant” a richly rewarding period drama.

He also took inspiration from Giacomo Puccini’s opera Il Trittico.


Aside from Cotillard, “The Immigrant” also stars Joaquin Phoenix as Bruno, Jeremy Renner as Orlando, Angela Sarafyan as Magda, Dagmara Dominczyk as Belva and Yelena Solovey as Rosie Hertz.

Maja Wampuszyc as Aunt Edyta, Ilia Volok as Wojtek, Antoni Corone as Thomas MacNally and Dylan Hartigan as Roger round up the rest of the film’s cast.

According to Slant Magazine, “The Immigrant” is distributed by Weinstein Co.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) reported that the film is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for nudity, sexual content and some language.

“The Immigrant,” received three and a half stars out of four from Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine.

As of this writing, Rotten Tomatoes, has given the film a score of 84% based on 37 reviews. Metacritic  has given the film a rating of 72/100, based on 21 reviews.

According to Indiewire’s The Playlist, “The Immigrant”  will be released on May 16, 2014 in U.S. theatres.

And that’s it for MNG’s “The Immigrant” movie review. For more details about upcoming movies including trailers and reviews, as well as other entertainment news, stay tuned here at Movie News Guide (MNG).

Check out “The Immigrant” trailer below.

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