A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
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IN AMERICA
2003 - Jim Sheridan - Ireland / United Kingdom
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In 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.
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