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In America

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In America

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
103 minutes
Limited Release Date:
11/26/03
performer:
Paddy Considine, Djimon Hounsou, Samantha Morton, Emma Bolger, Sarah Bolger
director:
Jim Sheridan
distributor:
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author:
6143, 73828
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

In America, Susan Sontag’s follow-up to the more inviting The Volcano Lover, is a tense, terse saga about a group of Polish immigrants who form a utopian community near a Southern California town. The opening scene — in which Sontag (who’s a character in the book herself) assumes the role of a rather vulnerable moralist tentatively observing, questioning, and feeling alienated at a party — announces her epistemological concerns. As usual, Sontag has crafted a brainy, meticulous work, but this time it utterly fails to compel. C+

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