So maybe now I kinda definitely want to see THE IMMIGRANT. I shared the poster (left) for the upcoming epic saga, starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, last week on social media with a disclaimer that the premise isn't particularly compelling but I love the thought of this cast together in one film.
But then I finally got a chance to check out the new trailer and, I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by it. Darius Khondji's cinematography alone makes me want to jump inside the clip. It's a familiar saga that looks like it has some twists and turns (it kinda gave me a Prestige vibe). More in the synopsis:
In James Gray's THE IMMIGRANT, Ewa Cybulski (Cotillard) and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda (Sarafyan) is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno (Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. The arrival of Orlando (Renner) - a dashing stage magician who is also Bruno's cousin - restores her self-belief and hopes for a brighter future, becoming her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself.
In case you're unfamiliar with Gray, who directed and co-wrote the film, he is also the filmmaker behind We Own the Night (which I still think is curiously underrated), as well as Two Lovers starring Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Watch the trailer:
THE IMMIGRANT is in theaters May 16th.