AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 12-18: THE IMMIGRANT

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ImmigrantOpening May 16, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Immigrant, a compelling 1920s period drama with strong feminist overtones from director James Gray. Marion Cotillard and Angela Sarafyan star as Polish sisters who emigrate to New York in search of a fresh start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda (Sarafyan) is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa (Cotillard) is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Joaquin Phoenix plays a charming but wicked man who takes advantage of Ewa’s plight and forces her into prostitution. Hope comes in the form of a dashing stage magician, played by Jeremy Renner. Read on…

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Jennifer Merin: James Gray’s compelling 1920s period drama has strong feminist overtones. Marion Cotillard stars as a Polish immigrant who attempts to defy male manipulations while selling herself to save her sister. Cotillard is magnificent, as always.

Kristy Puchko: I am selecting The Immigrant, from writer-director James Gray, who made the tender and touching Two Lovers. The fact that the cast includes Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner is just gravy.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Rebecca Murray, Kristy Puchko, Carrie Rickey, Sheila Roberts, Jeanne Wolf, Sara Vizcarrando.

Other Movies Opening the Week of May 12-16, 2014:

May 16
– A Night in Old Mexico (limited)
– A Short History of Decay (limited)
– Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (NY)
– Chinese Puzzle (NY, LA)
– The Discoverers (limited)
– Godzilla (3D/2D theaters and IMAX)
– Half of a Yellow Sun (limited)
– The Immigrant (NY, LA)
– Million Dollar Arm
– Wolf Creek 2 (limited)

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