The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family. He meets Lucy, who for unknown reasons wants to marry someone before arriving in America.
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Stunningly beautiful. Devoid of the schmaltzy sentimentality in which American directors often wrap the New World journey. Delightfully surreal dream sequences. I wish the 2 American songs hadn't been used; they were at odds with the movie's quiet tone. Folk music (similar to the songs sung during the crossing) would have been better. Great contrast between the opening rock fields and the ending river of milk.
Beautifully filmed movie.
Strikingly honest, realistic and yet a touch surreal.
My favorite shot is when the best leaves the dock in Italy, and we see the seapartion of the two groups of people.
Visually stunning, emotionally profound. The optic, sonic and haptic analogues of (Middle) Passage, mixing of tribes, tongues, the silence of resistance and the sound of lament between the Old world and the New, willful and forced migration, is a tense, troubled and yet still meaningful vibration. Analogues, but no equivalencies, between Italy and Africa. A beautifully fine line between pat and fraught.
interesting but feels a bit try hard on being funky/mysterious. As an F1 student I can say that those indignities for sure is still here albeit updated. I thought the son is autistic but someone suggests that it's the mother ("healer") transferring her voice to him so that he can stay. I don't like such magical interpretation, yet it feels like that's exactly what the makers intended.
Il y a peu de metteur-en-scène capable de filmer des scènes de foules avec talent comme ici. Le mélange de peinture sociale et d'images oniriques est réussi et nous rappelle un certain cinéma italien aujourd'hui disparu.Dommage que le jeu des acteurs manque de force et que le scénario, notamment à Long Island soit convenu, sinon...( la dernière image du film est géniale)