BEST - 5. 'The Immigrant'
Ever since I saw James Gray's transporting film a few month ago, I can't get it out of my head. From Little Odessa to Two Lovers, the Queens-born Gray — a filmmaker in touch with his Russian-Jewish roots — rarely gets the viewer support he deserves. Get busy, people. Marion Cotillard, her face a canvas of conflicting emotions, is breathtaking as a Polish immigrant, circa 1921, who is talked into the sex trade by a hustler (Joaquin Phoenix). With classical rigor and a full heart, Gray achieves a delicate balance that most Hollywood hacks wouldn't even dare to attempt.