The Immigrant

Synopsis: 1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulska and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, she quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, Ewa encounters Bruno's cousin, the debonair magician Orlando. He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): James Gray
Production: The Weinstein Company
  15 wins & 30 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min


In expectation of what you're

going through

in a few moments you will be

directed upstairs to

complete registration for

entry into the United States.

We're almost there.

The doctors are looking.

Try to hold it in.

You're just nervous.

Try to close you ears

and say a prayer,

to the Mother of God.

I will.

We'll find Auntie Edyta soon, and we'll

be safe. We'll be together.

We'll make our own families,

have lots of children.

Step forward, please.

Step forward.

Something is wrong?

You speak English?

Yes. She's my sister.

Is something wrong?

I'm very sorry, but she

may have lung disease.

No. No, no, no. She's healthy.

I am nurse.

She has to be examined further.

She could be contagious.

- No. She's healthy.

- Ewa? What are they saying?

Come with us.

Where are you taking her?

She will be held in our infirmary

here for six months.

If she doesn't improve

in that time,

she has to be deported.

- No, no.

- Ewa, it's all right. Go without me.

Back in line.

She doesn't go back.

We never go back.


I promise, I'll get you out!

Welcome to the United

States of America. Next?

- Your name, please?

- Ewa Cybulska.

Where are you from?

Katowice. In Silesia.

- Poland?

- Yes.

Married or single?

I'm not married.


They took my sister.

I can not bring here.

We are not dealing with your sister

right now, ma'am. Understood?

What was your occupation

in Poland?

I was a nurse, for an

English diplomat.

Have you ever committed

a any kind of crime?

No. Please, where is

the infirmary?

Well, it says here on the manifest

that you had a problem on the ship.

That you may be a woman

of low morals. Is that true?

No, that is not true.

- It's not true?

- No.

Do you have any money?

No. But my aunt and my uncle, they

live here, and they're waiting for us.

Here at this address?


Well, apparently they didn't show,

and this address doesn't exist.

It's not valid.

What is not valid?

It doesn't exist.

Now, we do not allow unescorted

women into this country.

Especially, if there's

a question of low morals.

Due to your situation

I'm going to have to

designate you as liable to

become a public charge.

- You'll be held for a hearing.

- No.

And most likely, deportation.

I'm sorry.

Next! Next! Next!

Good morning, I'm Bruno Weiss

from the Travelers Aid Society.

Do you speak English?


I speak English.

- You speak English?

- Yes.

- Do you speak it well?

- Oh, yes.

- What's your name?

- Ewa Cybulska

A pleasure to meet you.

Bruno Weiss.

What about her?

Liable to become, "public charge."

She arrived with her sister

who was quarantined for

lung disease.

- Best of luck to you.

- Sir. Can you help me?

Ma'am, you are in the

exclusion line.


Did they explain to you

what that meant?


They're sending you back.

No, no. I can work.

You know this man, you

talk to him.

You have already been processed.

Their decision has been rendered.

There is very little I can do.

Please. Please?

- Please. Please?

- One moment.


The last ferry to the city

leaves in ten minutes.

This gentleman will escort

you outside.

I cannot be seen leaving with you.

But I will see you out there.

Do you understand?


Well, good luck to you.

Step this way please, ma'am.

Last call for the ferry to New York.

Let's go, let's go.

You're a very lucky lady.

Good afternoon Mister Weiss.

You just made it.

Howard, thank you.

There's room in the front.

Upon docking in Battery Park,

if you have questions about further

destinations go directly to the large office.

Right here.

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James Gray

James Gray is an American film director and screenwriter. Since his feature debut Little Odessa in 1994, he has made five other features, four of which competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. more…

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