The Immigrant tells the story of one young woman who struggles to find the American dream after immigrating from Poland with her sister. The historical drama was directed by James Gray using a screenplay he co-wrote with Ric Menello. After earning a Palme d'Or nomination at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, "The Immigrant" opened in American theaters on May 16, 2014.
In "The Immigrant," sisters Ewa (Marion Cotillard) and Magda Cybulski (Angela Sarafyan) arrive at Ellis Island in 1921 in search of a better life. They are however surprised to soon learn that they will be separated, with Magda being held in quarantine for a lung infection. Instead of being deported, Ewa begs a local man, Bruno Weiss (Joaquin Phoenix), to help her.
Ewa soon finds herself in need of money to get Magda out of quarantine, something Bruno says he can do, for a price, so she works for him, both as a dancer and as a prostitute. This isn't quite what she had in mind when coming to the United States but just when she sees her American dream fading, Ewa meets Emil (Jeremy Renner), Bruno's cousin, who strives to save her from this life.
"The Immigrant" joins theaters already packed with hits like "Million Dollar Arm," "Godzilla," "Palo Alto," "Chef," "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Movie Quotes," "Neighbors," "Moms' Night Out," "Devil's Knot," "Belle," "Walk of Shame," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Locke," "Brick Mansions," "The Other Woman," "Transcendence," "A Haunted House 2," "Heaven is for Real," and "Draft Day"
Welcome to the United States of America
Immigration Official: "Welcome to the United States of America. Next. Your name please."When Ewa and Magda arrive at Ellis Island from Poland, they are startled and scared to learn that they will now be separated and Magda will be sent back due to her illness. This is not the American dream they imagined.
Ewa Cybulski: "Ewa Cybulski. She's my sister. Is something wrong?"
Immigration Official: "She has to be deported."
Ewa Cybulski: "No, we never go back!"Should this be higher or lower?
Can You Help Me?
Bruno Weiss: "What about her?"Ewa knows that she has little hope for a happy ending in America when she meets Bruno. With few other options, she begs him to help her.
Immigration Official: "Liable to become public charge. She arrived with her sister who is quarantined for lung disease."
Bruno Weiss: "Best of luck to you."
Ewa Cybulski: "Sir, sir. Can you help me?"
Bruno Weiss: "Ma'am, you are in the exclusion line."
Ewa Cybulski: "Yes"
Bruno Weiss: "Did they explain to you what that meant?"
Ewa Cybulski: "Yes"
Bruno Weiss: "They're sending you back."
Ewa Cybulski: "No, no, no, I can work. You know this man. You talk to them."
Bruno Weiss: "You've already been processed. Their decision's been rendered. There's very little I could do."
Ewa Cybulski: "Please, please, please"Should this be higher or lower?
Do You Have a Place to Stay?
Bruno Weiss: "You're a very lucky lady… There's room in the front. Right here. What's the matter?"Initially, Ewa thinks that she is in good hands with Bruno. He talks about all the positives and gives her a place to stay. Unfortunately, she knows not of Bruno's true self nor does she have many other options.
Ewa Cybulski: "I leave my sister here."
Bruno Weiss: "Don't worry. She's going to get the best medical care available."
Bruno Weiss: "Do you have a place to stay?"
Ewa Cybulski: "No. Do you know somewhere?"
Bruno Weiss: "Yeah, I know a place. If you'd like I can take you there. Yes?"
Ewa Cybulski: "Yes"Should this be higher or lower?
The American Dream Is Waiting for You
Emil: "Don't give up the faith. Don't give up the hope. The American dream is waiting for you now!"Emil gives a motivational speech to incoming immigrants at Ellis Island. He implores them to believe in their dreams and make them happen.Should this be higher or lower?