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In America
Directed by Jim Sheridan
Produced by Jim Sheridan,
Arthur Lappin
Written by Jim Sheridan,
Naomi Sheridan,
Kirsten Sheridan
Starring Paddy Considine,
Samantha Morton,
Sarah Bolger,
Emma Bolger,
Djimon Hounsou
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release date(s) September 13, 2002, World Premiere
October 31, 2003, UK
November 26, 2003, US
Running time 105 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

In America is a 2002 film directed by Jim Sheridan, and co-written by Sheridan and his daughters Naomi and Kirsten. The character of Frankie, the deceased brother, was based on Jim Sheridan's real-life late brother, also named Frankie. The movie stars Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Sarah Bolger, Emma Bolger, and Djimon Hounsou. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (478x705, 68 KB)In America movie poster File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Jim Sheridan (born February 6, 1949) is a film director who was born in Dublin, Ireland, and educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. ... Jim Sheridan (born February 6, 1949) is a film director who was born in Dublin, Ireland, and educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. ... Jim Sheridan (born February 6, 1949) is a film director who was born in Dublin, Ireland, and educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. ... Patrick Paddy Considine (born 5 September 1973 in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire) is an English actor best known for his work in such films as In America and Cinderella Man. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Sarah Bolger in In America Sarah Lee Bolger (born June 25, 1991) is an Irish actress featured in films such as In America. ... Djimon Gaston Hounsou (born April 24, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated African/American actor, dancer and fashion model. ... Fox Searchlight Pictures logo. ... September 13 is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 26 is the 330th day (331st in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Jim Sheridan (born February 6, 1949) is a film director who was born in Dublin, Ireland, and educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. ... Patrick Paddy Considine (born 5 September 1973 in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire) is an English actor best known for his work in such films as In America and Cinderella Man. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Sarah Bolger in In America Sarah Lee Bolger (born June 25, 1991) is an Irish actress featured in films such as In America. ... Djimon Gaston Hounsou (born April 24, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated African/American actor, dancer and fashion model. ...


Plot

In the film, an Irish couple immigrate to the United States with their two young girls, Ariel and Christie, to start a new life in another country following the death of the girls' brother, Frankie, back in Ireland. An early voice-over sets the film in the early 1980s, but later casual references are inconsistent and the film often looks decidedly more contemporary.For instance, when Johnny is dragging an air conditioning unit across the street, a year 2000 mustang can be seen swerving through traffic. The film is narrated by Christie, the elder of the two young girls, though it focuses on the whole family's trials and tribulations and in parts is given something of a fairy tale spin derived from the girls' perspective. A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ...


The family are short on money and set up in a rundown apartment building in Hell's Kitchen, known locally as the "junkies' building." Despite their impoverishment, their initial joy of being in America, and the closeness of the family, gives them the energy to make the most of what they have. The mother, Sarah, gets a job in Heaven, a local ice-cream parlor, to support the family while Johnny, the girls' father, struggles to get work as an actor. View from between 47th and 48th street on Ninth Avenue looking north toward Time Warner Center and Hearst Tower Hells Kitchen, also known as Clinton and Midtown West, is a neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City that includes roughly the area between 34th Street and 57th Street, from... Missing image Ice cream is often served on a stick Boxes of ice cream are often found in stores in a display freezer. ...


However, both Johnny and Sarah are unable to get over the sorrow, and guilt, of the still recent death of Frankie. Following the accident, the once-Catholic Johnny renounced God and lost any ability to feel true emotions, and changed as a man to his family. As money runs low and New York's temperatures soar, the family discovers that Sarah is pregnant, with a child whose birth could be fatal for her, and tensions between Johnny and Sarah begin to arise.


Around the same time of the conception of the new child we are introduced to Mateo, a resident of the family's building and previously known to the girls' as 'the man who screams' and the man behind the door marked "Keep Away." Mateo is an artist, and is shown to have a somehow spiritual bond to the family; his frenzied rage and blood-letting on a tempestous New York evening coincides with the conception of the family's new child.


At first the girls and then the parents befriend Mateo, though Johnny is reticent at first as Mateo gives him the "heebie jeebies." Johnny's relationship to Mateo changes, however, following a dispute in which he learns that Mateo is dying of AIDS. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ...


The illness's deterioration of Mateo coincides with the growth of the child within Sarah. The child is born premature and unwell as Mateo heads towards his end, and the paths cross over in finality when the premature death of Mateo coincides with the first healthy movements of the new baby following a blood transfusion from Christie. At one stage in his illness, Mateo falls down a flight of stairs, and is knocked unconscious. Christie believes that he requires CPR, and attempts to administer the procedure herself. Before the transfusion the girls fret that she might have the same disease, but decide, conclusively, in their fairytale manner, that she cannot. However, something of the link between Mateo's blood and the new baby remains.


With the birth of the new baby and the death of Mateo, Johnny is finally able to overcome his lack of emotion and refusal of God and put his grieving for Frankie to rest.


Spiritual topics play a part in the film, with both the rebirth of Mateo as a new member of the family and the ideas of a life after death touched upon. Johnny's refusal of God after his child's death relate a common anger against God's "mysterious ways".


Oscar Nominations

The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Djimon Hounsou), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Samantha Morton) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan). Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Djimon Gaston Hounsou (born April 24, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated African/American actor, dancer and fashion model. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ...


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