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Sicilian peasant Salvatore yearns for a better life, one he believes exists only in the fabled land known as America where carrots grow taller than men, rivers flow with milk and golden coins rain from the trees. He sells everything he owns to make the trans-Atlantic passage with his two sons and elderly mother. On the perilous steamship crossing, Salvatore meets a mysterious, worldly Englishwoman, Lucy (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and an unexpected romance unfolds. But neither Salvatore nor Lucy is prepared for the arrival at Ellis Island, where families are inspected, interrogated and split apart. They will have to bravely face their personal and collective dilemmas in order to become part of the American dream.
I add my voice to the eloquent praise of this film, which I found personal and touching. I easily imagined my great-grandparents and all they endured to come to America. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gentleman & Scholar
I loved the movie when I saw it in a class, but it is the speed for a DVD player in the UK so I can't watch it here in MA. I am so disappointed. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This film is worth watching. I watched it days ago and I am still thinking about it. Although some scenes are overly dramatic, one still gets a good idea of what it must have... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jo T.
All captioned. Not in English. Story line was good, but it takes work to read instead of listen.Published 11 months ago by Sulinda Mahana
Movie arrived in great shape; In Italian, with titles...story of an Italian family coming to Ellis Island at the turn of the century (like mine)
Anyone with European ancestors... Read more
The title of the movie refers to a portion of Emma Lazarus's poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Read morePublished 14 months ago by William F. Willis
I loved this little film since it was recommended to me by a friend that came from Sicily. I was interested to see just what my great grandparents went through coming here. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jack Marino
Set at the beginning of the 20th century we travel to impoverished Sicily where we meet Salvatore (Vincezo Amato - `Respiro') and his family. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tommy Dooley
I first saw this film in a conversational Italian/culture class and immediately fell in love with it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Charles M. Corden