If the trailer is any indication then it looks like “The Immigrant” is a cinematic gem, harkening back to the grand old classic movies of yesterday. The film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, will be released in France by the Wild Bunch on November 27th. Hence, it’s a (spoiler alert) little racy and contains French subtitles. The movie will be distributed domestically by The Weinstein Company next spring.
There may be some high profile stars in this picture, but the true star of the film may be cinematographer Darius Khondji. The rich sepia tone images he produces capture a grand luxuriant period piece in a lyrical fashion. This is a romantic looking film that seemingly takes you back in time, immersing you in a long forgotten world. If you love beautiful photography and a classic story then this film is for you.
The film stars the captivating Marion Cotillard who plays a woman (Ewa Cybulski) emigrating from Poland (speaking some English) to America (New York City) in the 20’s. While at Ellis Island her sister is denied entrance into the United States and sent back to her home country. Cotillard’s character is relegated to surviving in America alone while trying to find a way to get her sister into the country. She meets a charming character named Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) who gets her into prostitution, but falls for his brother Emil (Jeremy Renner) who promises to reunite Ewa with her sister.
Director James Gray’s (‘Two Lovers’) epic period piece has virtually flown under the radar following its debut at Cannes, garnering little attention since. So, it certainly won’t hurt having The Weinstein Company involved with its promotion and distribution moving forward. Look for it stateside in theaters sometime in the spring.