IN AMERICA (15)
D: Jim Sheridan
20th Century Fox (Jim Sheridan & Arthur Lappin)
W: Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan & Kirsten Sheridan
DP: Declan Quinn
Ed: Naomi Geraghty
Mus: Gavin Friday & Maurice Seezer
Samantha Morton (Sarah), Paddy Considine (Johnny), Sarah Bolger (Christy),Emma Bolger (Ariel), Djimon Hounsou (Mateo)
A genuinely beautiful and movie drama about a family of Irish immigrants struggling to settle in America.
Samantha Morton's hard work in supporting roles previously is rewarded with a strong lead performance, one which earned her a deserved Best Actress Oscar nomination. She plays the matriarch of the struggling family, married to emotionless Paddy Considine and mother to their two girls Christy & Ariel. The two Irish girls who play the children are real-life sisters and their performances are quite excellent for two young actresses, while Djimon Hounsou is also brilliant as their mysterious neighbour who harbours a painful secret. Director/co-writer Jim Sheridan based this film on his own childhood memories and it's a very special film indeed, with flawless performances and some fine music from Gavin Friday & Maurice Seezer.