Golden Door

Golden Door

Golden Door

Follows the turn-of-the-century journey of a family of emigrants across the ocean to the New World. While sprinkled with magical realist glimpses of an idealized America (rivers of milk, giant carrots), Golden Door is unflinching in its depiction of both the rocky Sicilian hillside town where his poor protagonists come from and their brutal experiences during the Atlantic passage and stranded in Ellis Island. Gone are the familiar romanticized visions of Italy as well as clichés of the majestic Gotham skyline. Instead, Crialese creates a more original immigrant's story... One particular image - an overhead shot of the boat pulling away from the Sicilian shore, slowly separating the emigres from those left behind - is masterfully executed. And the final image - poetic, silly and darkly ironic - is a sharp-edged coda to a satisfying cinematic journey.

Winner of six awards at the Venice Film Festival 2007.
2007Rating: PG, low-level offensive language118 minsItaly, Germany, FranceEnglish & Italian with subtitles
DramaHistorical

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Village Voice

Village Voice

press

With dialogue kept to a minimum, cinematographer Agnés Godard confirms her status as one of the most extraordinary visual artists working today...

Variety

Variety

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An imaginative, intelligent and attractive Italo pic precisely when the country needs it most, Emanuele Crialese's "Golden Door" reps a solid piece of cinema that neither panders nor preaches. Moving from rural Sicily to third-class steerage to Ellis Island, this tripartite tale of a family's journey from the Old World to the New propels them from a superstitious past into a colder-eyed modernity. Meticulously researched, pic slips only when it uncharacteristically departs from the focused story and too obviously attempts a lesson...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

An emigrant's-eye view of going to America is a film of some mastery, channelling Fellini and speaking to the present day...

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

n the dawning days of the 20th century, Italian migrants seek passage to America in The Golden Door. It's an ambitious undertaking for writer/director Emanuele Crialese, who found wide acclaim with his bittersweet drama Respiro (2003). Once again, family ties hold the story together as he follows the Mancusos on a tough Atlantic crossing. But while these passengers clock up a lot of mileage, a sketchy script leaves them floating adrift for most of the journey...

2.0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

With dialogue kept to a minimum, cinematographer Agnés Godard confirms her status as one of the most extraordinary visual artists working today...

Variety

Variety

press

An imaginative, intelligent and attractive Italo pic precisely when the country needs it most, Emanuele Crialese's "Golden Door" reps a solid piece of cinema that neither panders nor preaches. Moving from rural Sicily to third-class steerage to Ellis Island, this tripartite tale of a family's journey from the Old World to the New propels them from a superstitious past into a colder-eyed modernity. Meticulously researched, pic slips only when it uncharacteristically departs from the focused story and too obviously attempts a lesson...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

An emigrant's-eye view of going to America is a film of some mastery, channelling Fellini and speaking to the present day...

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

n the dawning days of the 20th century, Italian migrants seek passage to America in The Golden Door. It's an ambitious undertaking for writer/director Emanuele Crialese, who found wide acclaim with his bittersweet drama Respiro (2003). Once again, family ties hold the story together as he follows the Mancusos on a tough Atlantic crossing. But while these passengers clock up a lot of mileage, a sketchy script leaves them floating adrift for most of the journey...

2.0

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