In America 2002

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Moving his family to New York city to pursue an acting career, a proud, hard-Working Irish immigrant is helped by his precocious pre-Teen daughter to come to terms with the loss of a son who died back home.

Starring:
Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

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In America

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Jim Sheridan
Starring Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton
Supporting actors Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Padderz on 22 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
Samantha Morton may well have deserved to win an Oscar based on this performance, but having seen the film again on the small screen I take comfort from the certain knowledge that she will one day win. Her performance as a grieving mother holding together her family and herself is subtle, moving and very powerful.
However, the role would mean nothing if she was not ably supported, and this is one of those films in which every single character extracts such realism that it is hard to believe that the dialogue spoken was ever just words on a piece of paper.
Paddy Considine is magnificent as the husband and father of a loving family that is breaking down from the inside, whilst struggling to find a role within this blackened unit.
But, the real wonder and find of this film are the two young girls.
Being real life sisters may have helped but, my god, they played with such resonance, such force that when watching the hospital scene I cried.
And I rarely cry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
'In America' is a poignant film about an Irish family trying to survive in new york after the death of their young baby boy. The cast play their roles to perfection and Sam Morton excels as a mother trying to hold her family together. Paddy Considine is completely authentic as the father who fights to support his family, whilst fighting his own grief at the same time. The two delightful actresses who play his daughters (sisters in real life) are a joy to watch and are incredibly natural and unaffected in front of the camera. This film follows the family as they rebuild their lives and make friends with their artist neighbour who lives downstairs (played excellently by Djimon Hounsou) and it is wonderful to see the young siblings playing joyfully amidst the turmoil of their homelife, seemingly oblivious to the struggles the family has to endure. This is a touching film and one that will stay with you after you've watched it and it can easily be viewed again and again. Well worth a look.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By adamski on 10 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
Although this is really well acted by all the cast, I just found this film tipped over the edge into sentimentality. Actually, it was almost fairy-tale like with the two cute girls & the way they make fast work of befriending the local residents in a junkie-infested building/area of Manhattan. I should have guessed when the US border guard was won over by the younger girl's cuteness factor right at the start of the movie. Gimme a break!
If you're looking for grittiness (which I thought I was gonna get from this) then look elsewhere. But if you're a sentimental type, then this could well be up your street.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Jun 2004
Format: DVD
Director Jim Sheridan ("In The Name Of The Father", "My Left Foot") has crafted one of the most emotionally honest and satisfying films in years. Paddy Considine (solid and tender) and Samantha Morton (emanating subtlety) star as Irish parents of two young girls who move to New York City to pursue Paddy's acting. The move is also a distraction from the recent loss of their young son. The summer heat is oppressive, the living conditions are near squalor and the local residents are junkies. Despite this gloom and terrible poverty, the family thrives happily, mostly due to the amazing resilience and resolve of the two young daughters. The loss of their son and an impending dangerous pregnancy are set against a backdrop of constant near danger and immense naivety (yet remarkable intuition) of the girls. Mateo, (Djimon Hounsou) the AIDS stricken painter downstairs befriends the girls and provides some of the most frightening and yet emotionally substantial moments in the film. Sheridan can take simple scenes like gambling the families rent money on a carnival doll for his child and turn it into pure suspense. The family is always in near crisis, yet they survive day by day, relishing everything those 'in America' take for granted. Sheridan portrays a wonderful story of loss, survival and love, but never becomes maudlin or overly sentimental. This is a rare film about real emotions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Derek R. Osbourne on 1 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
I know that real afficionados of the book of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" will disagree but i am more thinking of the film versions and their treatment of struggling families in New York and the depth of performance than anything else. Through the eyes of a child this perceptive and wonderful piece of cinema does give hope that we can survive emotional turmoil and grow stronger even when the world throws other obstacles.

Th performances are beautiful. Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, and Djimon Hounsou are great as the parents and the downstaira terminally ill neighbour but the real tributes have to go to young Sarah and Emma Bolger for their portrayals of the young sisters, Christie and Ariel.

This is a largely autobiographical work for director Jim Sherida who also co-wrote the script with his own daughters, Naomi and Kirsten. He escapes mawkishness and sentimentality and directs a wonderfully appealing film. I mark hard when i do the reviews and so wish i could give four and a half stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Papin on 1 Dec 2005
Format: DVD
An Irish family moves illegally to New York to escape the tragedy of losing Frankie, their only son. Once you know that the character of Frankie was based on, and dedicated to, the Director's late brother, it becomes all the more poignant. Christy and Ariel, the couples two remaining children, are sisters in real life, and treat each other with an amazing tenderness in the movie. The acting that the children do is incredible.
This is a movie about carrying on despite being in the darkest place you've ever been in. These characters don't HAVE a choice, they must keep breathing, must find jobs, must comfort each other.
I adored this movie. It was very sad, but so is life sometimes.
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