Parents' Guide to

The Immigrant

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Somber, wrenching historical drama has brief nudity.

Movie R 2014 117 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

A lot of pain onscreen...for what end?

A film of trapped women in boxes of patriarchy and ruthless capitalism with some xenophobia thrown in for good measure. Joaquín Phoenix is somewhat convincing but appears too torn, which although reveals a complex human being, the fact remains that he survives off the sexual labor of women. Jeremy Renner's character, although well played reveals another savior reminiscent of the clown in La Strada, both silly and irreverent. Considering the current complicated political climate It is a shame that there does not feel any connection to current immigrant stories. Especially considering it is many of the descendants of these Ellis island stories that are at the heart of creating current immigration policy.
age 18+

Very Moving & Heartbreaking

The plot is great, the story is great. It teaches lessons of loyalty, courage, God's love, and what to do when you hit rock bottom. There is nudity in it though, which is why i rated it 18+. It is very mild nudity compared to what nude scenes are in movies today. the first nude scene is in a wash room where all the women are bathing as well as their children, all young. its not sexual at all, but it does show breasts. next scene is during the gentlemen show, the women are actually pretty clothed, the only thing they flaunt is their breasts, and there isnt dancing, its more like a fashion walk and then theyre done. a sex scene is insinuated but it does not show anything at all which i really appreciated, no breasts, no caressing, nothing. there are cuss words. im a firm believer that a movie doesnt need a lot of nudity and sex to be a good movie, and this movie showed it very mildly and it was done, and also had a great storyline. i loved it and so did my friends!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

THE IMMIGRANT is a complex tale that's beautifully shot in gritty, dreary hues; Cotillard's face -- and the strength she communicates with the smallest of gestures -- are the brightest spots. She's perfect as Ewa, who has to build a hard shell around her as she navigates a world she neither sought nor understands. With her, the film's dense plot makes sense. Still, it's brutal in the way it coats each character with a specific misery. Humanity, too. The bad guys aren't necessarily all bad, and the good aren't necessarily so innocent.

Though it's ultimately a satisfying film, The Immigrant is loses its narrative focus in the end. It sputters to its conclusion as if on the last drop of fuel. A betrayal doesn't feel hard-won; in fact, it's expected, detracting a little bit from the movie's triumph as a deeply felt story. Even so, while you watch, you feel specially chosen to have been invited on Ewa's journey, as difficult and wrenching it may be.

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