Marion Cotillard, with a face to launch a thousand films, could not salvage “The Immigrant” a movie with a big heart, and inconsequential spine; Ellis Island, 1921; “Ewa” (Cotillard) a Polish immigrant, separated from her sister is protected by “Bruno” (Joaquin Phoenix) a volatile “savior” who uses Ewa for nefarious, illegal purposes. The film flounders, drowns in melodrama, benign character development and horrific editing. Jeremy Renner, miscast as “Orlando” the magician, instantly smitten by Ewa’s ethereal countenance, is laughable; ridiculously reminiscent of the “Emcee” (Joel Grey) in “Cabaret”. Regretfully “The Immigrant” instead of reflecting a valid story that informed so many of our ancestors, suffocates in superficiality.
UNDER THE RAINBOW (FRANCE:ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
Underwhelming, sorry narrative, mimicking generic fairy tales: Cinderella, Snow White; who have more substance than their contemporary counterparts; pretty cast cannot carry what could have been a unique scenario.
THE PRIEST’S CHILDREN (CROATIA: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
As if the Catholic Church and its hierarchy has not had a huge “reality” check in the past decade; “The Priest’s Children” dumps fictional fumes on an already smoldering pile of smut and innuendo. Heralded as a comedy; hardly elicited a few twitters from a packed theatre; “Father Fabijan,” the local vender and pharmacist interfere with the integrity of condoms to increase the birth rate of this destitute island; the catastrophic results lack hilarity, sadly prophetic, darkly depressing and profoundly boring.