In America by director Jim Sheridan, is wonderful. If I had seen it before today (Jan 4) it would have made my top three for last year. This tale of a husband and wife from Ireland and their two daughters (sublimely played by real life sisters) who have lost a son and brother, Frankie, and the wonderful gift of their neighbor, Mateo, will have you in tears.
The family immigrates illegally from Ireland through Canada and settles in a NY tenament full of drug addicts – and an artist, Mateo who has AIDS. How they live those difficult first months in America and come to new life, is what frames the story.
Like Whale Rider and The Station Agent, this is one of the very very good ones. See it.