Books and Movies Reviews

In America

There are two reasons to see In America: Christy and Emma Bolger. These two child actresses steal the movie from other established stars. Through their eyes we see a new world of hope and determination in an unknown city. Being children in an impoverished lifestyle, the sisters have to rely on one another for the support and aid to make it through their new life.
The film depicts the chaotic progress of a destitute Irish family trying to make it on the top floors of a harsh Manhattan block. Johnny (Paddy Considine), the father of the family, repeatedly tries and fails to get cast as an actor. His wife, Sarah (Samantha Morton), helps to make money by getting work as a waitress. The other family members are the two daughters, 10 year-old Christy (Sarah Bolger) and her younger sister, the garrulously loquacious Ariel (Emma Bolger).
The United States – a country that receives thousands of new immigrants every year– can be a hostile environment for many people. As for most émigrés who make it to New York, Sarah and Johnny find the city to be full of surprises. This film is about the family's struggle to subsist while pursuing a dream that turns out to be a nightmare in many respects.
As the film opens the family is struggling to get over the premature loss of Mickey, Jimmy and Sarah's oldest child, who died because of a malignant brain tumor. Regardless of their lack of wealth, the family tries to stay effervescent and embrace love and pleasure through small gratifications. However, the death of Mickey still looms over the entire family, and is most common cause of hostility and altercations amongst them.
Halfway through the film the story takes an unexpected yet interesting turn. A few stories below the immigrant family lives a mysterious and lonely African-American artist. Mateo (Djimon Hounsou), the artist, is not known by anyone around – in fact he is known to the other people on the bl…