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Watch: First Trailer For 'The Immigrant' Starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix & Jeremy Renner

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by Drew Taylor
October 25, 2013 2:08 PM
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"The Immigrant"

It's been slow going for James Gray's period epic "The Immigrant." The film, which stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, debuted at this year's Cannes Film Festival where it played in competition, but since then there hasn't been much news. The Weinstein Company is scheduled to handle domestic distribution, but didn't schedule the lengthy historical drama for awards consideration (it's coming out Spring 2014 instead), and aside from a few festival presentations, remains largely unseen. Thankfully a November 27th release date is still planned for France, which has provided us with the first-ever trailer for the film.

In short: the movie just looks gorgeous (read our review from Cannes here). In the film, Cotillard plays a woman immigrating to New York City in the '20s. While in line to finalize the process, her sister is rejected, and sent back home to Poland. She then struggles with finding a way to get her sister to America, first falling under the spell of Bruno (Phoenix), who gets her into prostitution, and then his cousin Emil (Renner), who also promises to return her sister to her.

Sure, the love triangle looks arch and dramatic but the real star of this trailer is Darius Khondji's lush, honeyed cinematography that gives off an earthy, almost "Heaven's Gate" vibe. It looks like the kind of movie that you can just wrap yourself up in and we're now kicking ourselves repeatedly in the balls for missing it when it recently played the New York Film Festival.

The trailer is subtitled in French and slightly NSFW, with a flash of bare breasts and this exchange between prostitutes: Prostitute 1: "It'll take a lot of money to get her out of here," Prostitute 2: "Or a lot of fucking." It's an interesting turn for Gray, whose last film "Two Lovers" was a modern-day tragic love triangle that also starred Phoenix, and we can't wait to see the results. Recent posters for the film can be seen here. Spring 2014 can't come soon enough. [via Elle]

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12 Comments

  • egghead | October 28, 2013 1:06 PMReply

    Those first few lines yelled by Renner gave me goosebumps. Something about the tone and that shot of a distant statue of liberty makes me so excited to see this. I automatically thought of, The Godfather and Once Upon a Time in America. This will surely be an instant classic.

  • she's great but... | October 27, 2013 8:12 PMReply

    It's clear that there's a commenter at this site who regularly pretends to be multiple people. Marion Cotillard is great but no way do all these comments come from different readers.

  • Shame | October 28, 2013 9:42 AM

    Agreed. It's getting to the point of creepy.

  • Helen | October 26, 2013 8:26 PMReply

    Marion Cotillard is the best actress of our time.

  • Shala | October 26, 2013 3:51 PMReply

    Actually, her sister wasn't sent back to Poland but was held in an infirmary on Ellis Island and not allowed into the country (sorry, the detail bothered me).

    The movie looked great and Cotillard is incredible in this. Everything else for me fell flat.

  • bruce | October 26, 2013 8:08 AMReply

    A def. MUST see!! beautifull beautifull!!! Cotillard is great and so is Phoenix, and Renner shows once again how he disappears in his characters , almost didn't recognize him, the guy is a chameleon...

  • SN | October 27, 2013 11:37 AM

    Couldn't agree more about Jeremy Renner. Just looking at still photographs from his movies, he is almost unrecognizable from one to the next. I hope the Academy will recognize him soon - maybe for American Hustle, where he seems to channel Joe Pesci...

    Looking forward to The Immigrant.

  • Daniel Delago | October 26, 2013 5:57 AMReply

    It's a shame Marion Cotillard's performance won't be considered for the Oscars. It looks dazzling. She is one of the best actresses working today.

  • james | October 25, 2013 9:26 PMReply

    Marion is unutterably beautiful. This will be an amazing film, no doubt about it.

  • sj | October 25, 2013 7:53 PMReply

    How many films have Harvey Weinstein destroyed like this? how long will this continue to have his way like this?

  • Tania | October 25, 2013 5:12 PMReply

    Oscar for Marion, she is wonderful!

  • Pedro | October 25, 2013 4:44 PMReply

    Amazing! Marion's presence enhances any screen. Critics aside, i can't wait to see this another unforgettable performance gave by her.

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