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From master storyteller Jim Sheridan comes a deeply personal and emotionally raw tale of a family finding its soul In America. Through the wide-open eyes of two young heroines, Sheridan transforms a devastating human tragedy into a riveting, humor-tinged story about memory, secrets, love, loss, coming together and starting over.

To begin all over again is a classic American dream. But it’s remarkably hard to do, as Irish émigrés Johnny and Sarah (Paddy Considine and Samantha Morton) discover when they hit the streets of modern-day Manhattan, their two spunky young daughters in tow, and emerge into a realm as comical and adventure-filled as it is strange and terrifying. The family faces a dizzying new future –- but first they must face down a past that haunts every single one of them.

With no cash to spare, Johnny and Sarah settle into a chaotic New York tenement populated by a colorful assortment of characters – and attempt to turn a Gothic horror-movie setting nto a true home. From dragging an iffy-looking air conditioner across Manhattan to finding make-do jobs, nothing comes without a fight for the couple. And yet, while they see America as rife with challenges, dangers and weirdness, their daughters see it as a magical place where anything can happen, a place that might release them all from the anguish of what has come before. Then, on Halloween, Christy and Ariel (sisters Sarah and Emma Bolger) dare to knock on the door of “the screaming man,” a mysterious neighbor named Mateo (Djimon Hounsou), and everything changes. As the family heads for a crisis, Mateo becomes their unlikely ally in the territory where hope, faith and even magic hold sway.

Based in part on Jim Sheridan’s own autobiographical experiences coming to the United States, In America is directed by Sheridan from a script by Sheridan and his two daughters, Naomi Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan. The cast includes Academy Award® nominee for Sweet and Lowdown Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine, Djimon Hounsou and sisters Sara Bolger and Emma Bolger (in her feature film debut). The film is produced by Jim Sheridan and Arthur Lappin.

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(2013)
2 min 29 sec Duration
14,146 views
  • Posted: December 18, 2007
  • Director: Jim Sheridan
  • Writer: Jim Sheridan
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • Release: November 26, 2003
  • Cast: Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Sarah Bolger

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