12 interesting films about the life of immigrants

Migration is one of the most controversial phenomena of our time, and movies are a great way to immerse yourself in this hot topic. The heroes of films about immigrants change their place of residence for various reasons. Someone is running from poverty, racial injustice, life’s troubles, others simply do not like to stay in one place and crave change. But the joy of fulfilling a wish is followed by difficulties that new citizens need to overcome in order to get their place in the sun.

Goodbye America (2020)

A touching comedy film tells about the Russian soul, homesickness and the problems of emigrants. The stories of several people are woven into the plot. Armen organizes a fictitious marriage in an attempt to stay in the US. Julia has been living in the States for a long time, but still cannot accept the fact that no one knows how to cook her favorite dish. Igor wants to forget about Russian roots and introduces himself as Jason. And Viktor Sergeevich is shocked by the fact that his grandson living abroad is very far from his native culture.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Dmitry Nagiev, Vladimir Yaglych, Elizaveta Moryak, Yuri Stoyanov, Nadezhda Mikhalkova …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:  
12+


Stateless (mini-series) 2020

The multi-part film about moving to another country is based on real events and tells about the problems of refugees and the controversial migration system. Several strangers meet at an Australian migrant detention centre. Among the main characters: a flight attendant fleeing annoying relatives and a dangerous sect , an Afghan refugee, a security guard who faced prejudice from colleagues, and the director of a center who is trying to settle an international scandal.

Original title:
Stateless

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Asher Keddie…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.6


Give Me Liberty (2019)

Before you is a dynamic and emotional tragicomedy with lively and recognizable characters. In the center of the plot of this kind of road movie is the Russian American Vic, who works as a driver in the social service. One day, in the nursing home where grandfather Vika lies, a Russian woman, Lilya, dies. All her relatives and friends crowd into the guy’s minibus, and he decides to help his compatriots by dropping them off at the funeral. So begins a noisy ride with folk songs, accordion playing and loud arguments.

Original title:  
Give Me Liberty

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Lauren Spencer, Chris Galust, Maxim Stoyanov…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:  
16+


Brooklyn (2015)

Eilis, a girl from Ireland, dreams of becoming an accountant, but in her hometown there is neither work nor prospects for a young specialist. Thanks to her sister, she gets the opportunity to go to the USA, where she settles in Brooklyn. There, the heroine of the film about emigration is waiting for a new job, acquaintances, the formation of a personality, problems of loneliness , loss and romantic adventures. However, the moment will come when Eilis will again have to choose between her native Ireland and America that has already become her own.

Original title:  
Brooklyn

Genre:  
Drama, melodrama

Actors:  
Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleason …

Country:  
UK, Canada, Ireland, Belgium, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:  
16+


Fatal Passion (2013)

The plot of the film takes the viewer to 1920. Sisters Magda and Eva are trying to cross the American border. But already at the first checkpoint, Magda is sent to the prison hospital, as the girl is ill with tuberculosis. The second heroine faces deportation back to Poland. A stranger comes to her aid. The man convinces the servants of the law to let Eve go, gives her housing and means of subsistence. Soon the girl realizes that she fell into the hands of the cynical pimp Bruno.

Original title:
The Immigrant

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Paris at any cost (2013)

Maya, a talented young stylist, is preparing to land her first full-time job at a famous fashion house . Raised in a poor family in Morocco, she became a rising star in the Parisian fashion world. But, unfortunately, a standard police check reveals that her legal stay in the country has expired. Maya is immediately deported to her homeland, to the city and family, from where she so dreamed of escaping. The heroine of a movie about the vicissitudes of life of migrants will have to do everything possible to return to France.

Original title:  
Paris à tout prix

Genre:  
Comedy

Actors:  
Rem Kerisi, Cecil Cassel, Tarek Budali …

Country:  
France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:  
12+


Welcome home (2013)

An Armenian carpet salesman, father of three, lives in New York and teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. His relative, who also moved to the US, is looking for himself in non-traditional communities and hides from his relatives that he likes to dress up as a woman. Meanwhile, their neighbor – a beauty from Russia – is trying to make money by any means, because she recently broke up with a married lover and was left without a livelihood. All the characters in the Russian film are emigrants who arrived in another country in search of happiness, and they all lost themselves in the realities of a noisy metropolis.

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Karen Karagulyan, Olga Dykhovichnaya, Austin Kennedy …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Unnamed (2009)

A young girl from Honduras dreams of moving to America. To implement the idea, she and her father decide to move to Mexico first. After all, the country borders on the United States. The girl will have to go through many trials, good and bad events, before she succeeds in fulfilling the American dream. For several years, the director has been collecting material for the filming of this film about the life of illegal immigrants in another country, thanks to which we have a life-like and realistic film about the fate of immigrants in Mexico with its crime and poverty.

Original title:
Sin nombre

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Marco Antonio Aguirre, Leonardo Alonso, Carla Cecilia Alvarado …

Country:
Mexico

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Welcome (2009)

In the center of the plot of the French drama are two heroes whose fates collided on the shores of the Strait of Dover. Swimming instructor Simon is going through a difficult divorce from his beloved wife. This pushes him to a desperate step – he agrees to secretly train a 17-year-old immigrant from Iraq. Bilan wants to cross the English Channel to get to London and meet his beloved. However, to achieve the goal, he will have to pass more than one test.

Original title:
Welcome

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Vincent Lindon, Firat Aiverdi, Audrey Dana…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits :
6+


New Light (2006)

Sicilian farmer Salvatore has been struggling with poverty all his life. The only chance for him and his family to survive is to move to America. After all, a little more, and the hero will be on the street without a penny in his pocket. Before leaving, he meets Lucy, a woman with pale skin and red hair, so unlike the locals that she may well pass for a lady from England. And this is their chance to outwit the bureaucratic system. Salvatore marries a stranger and they hit the road together. And then there are many obstacles for emigrants, especially in the border zone.

Original title:
Nuovomondo

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, history

Actors:
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato, Vincent Schiavelli …

Country:
Italy, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Spanish English (2004)

The comedy melodrama will tell about the relationship between people with different mentality, will touch upon the problems of fathers and children, the language barrier and family troubles. After crying over her runaway husband, Mexican Flor crosses the American border with her little daughter and heads straight for Los Angeles. She gets a job as a governess in the house of the cook John and his wife Deborah. However, the heroine does not know English and is forced to resort to tricks and help from her daughter in order to understand employers.

Original title:  
Spanglish

Genre:  
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:  
Adam Sandler, Paz Vega, Tea Leoni …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


In America (2002)

Theater actor Johnny with his wife and two charming daughters moves from Ireland to the United States, running away from a tragic past. The family chooses New York to start a new life. If girls consider America a magical place, then the older members of the family are not easy to change. Without a livelihood, but full of optimism, the characters of the film have difficulty adapting to unfamiliar realities. Will purposeful emigrants be able to become happy in a new place?

Original title:
In America

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Sara Bolger …

Country:
Ireland, UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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