Cotillard and Phoenix are yearning to be free in 'The Immigrant'

May 22, 2014 4:31 PM

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Acentury ago, the hard-working immigrants of New York City had some practical dating advice: When the fresh arrivals are walking off the boat, look for the one with the sturdiest shoulders.

At Ellis Island in 1921, Polish immigrant Ewa (Marion Cotillard) catches the eye of a sly American gent named Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix). It’s not just that Ewa is a standout beauty among the huddled masses; it’s that she’s a survivor who puts up a fight when the authorities send her tubercular sister ...

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