America is a film that moves me beyond descriptive words.
It is a film I find difficult to describe because it is a
magical and spiritual experience and an achievement that is
truly intimate and passionate. I it overly sentimental or
symbolic? I don't know, maybe. Is it effective? Absolutely!!
This film will surely move even the most cynic of hearts.
A film full of heart. It's nice to see a film believe in magical
realism as the film does right from the very opening moments
to its heartfelt ending. This is Jim Sheridan's most personal
film and he should be applauded for it. From the very opening
narration, it's a wonderfully touching tale of recovery, memory,
and forgiveness. It is also a spiritual film and one that
beautifully expresses the feeling of spiritual connection
- and it is here that the film really transcends into a lovely
masterwork. The performances are all outstanding. It is incredible
to witness the performances of the young sisters played by
Sarah and Emma Bolger (they are sisters in real life as well).
They capture the truth, imagination, and innocence of childhood
with such perfection. Djimon Hounsou is also very good as
Mateo an important character that gives the film it's heart.
Through several visual and emotional references Mateo represents
the spiritual hope and life for this Irish immigrant family
who's looking for a change after the tragic death of their
son. Expressing this pain with subtle depth and beauty is
the typically remarkable Samantha Morton and Paddy Considine.
In America is a lovely, poetic and tender film that transcends
both time and place to become universal.