In America

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(out of 5)


In this beautifully heartfelt film by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In The Name of the Father), an Irish family illegally immigrates to New York City to fulfill the father’s () dream of becoming an actor. Meanwhile, his wife () works a grueling job as a waitress to help them survive as they raise their two daughters (real-life sisters  and ) in a junkie-inhabited dive of an apartment building. As we watch their many hardships and personal joys, the family manages to survive life in the Big Apple by making new friends and trying to escape the death of their son whose shadow seems to loom over them all, especially the eldest daughter.  has an excellent supporting role as an artist who lives downstairs from them and befriends the two youngsters. The acting in this film couldn’t possibly be better, neither from Morton and Considine nor from the two very fine young ladies who bring the children to life so beautifully. Though it deals with a difficult story, is is rewarding and heartwarming without ever being dishonest. Photographed beautifully by Declan Quinn and written, semi-autobiographically, by Sheridan and his two daughters.


Hell’s Kitchen Films, East of Harlem (UK) Ltd., Irish Film Industry

Ireland/United Kingdom/USA, 2002

Directed by

Screenplay by Jim Sheridan, ,

Cinematography by

Produced by , Jim Sheridan

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2002


Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Djimon Hounsou as “Mateo”)
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Samantha Morton as “Sarah”)
Best Writing (Original Screenplay) (Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Screenplay (Jim Sheridan)
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“Time Enough For Tears”, music and lyrics by Bono, Gavin Friday, Maurice Seezer)


InAmerica

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