‘The Immigrant’ movie review

May 22, 2014 7:30 PM

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Marion Cotillard plays that woman, Ewa, who arrives at Ellis Island in 1921 with her tubercular sister, Magda. Officials quarantine Magda, as the sisters feared, but they deny entry to Ewa as well; someone, it appears, has spread rumors about her behavior on the long voyage from Europe. She “may be a woman of low morals,” a clerk coldly says, and in any event, the aunt and uncle who had promised to host her aren’t here, and “we do not allow unescorted women into this country.”

Frightened and confused, Ewa finds help from a mysterious, well-dressed stranger. Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) is the kind of man who knows how to circumvent bureaucracy; he gets her off the island and to the Lower East Side, where he seems to be a prince of the tenements. The emcee at a raucous little p...

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