In America

In America

The first movie title that came to mind is In America. It is one of my families favorite and most people have never heard of.  It is the story of a family from Ireland that come to New York to try and make a life. It is a very powerful movie that will break your heart and give you hope all at the same time.

Here is the plot synopsis.

In 1982, Johnny and Sarah Sullivan and their daughters Christy and Ariel enter the United States on a tourist visa via Canada, where Johnny was working as an actor. The family settles in New York City, in a rundown Hell’s Kitchen tenement occupied by drug addicts, transvestites, and a reclusive Nigerian artist/photographer named Mateo Kuamey. Hanging over the family is the death of their five-year-old son Frankie, who died from a brain tumor. The devout Roman Catholic Johnny questions God and has lost any ability to feel true emotions, which has affected his relationship with his family. Christy believes she has been granted three wishes by her dead brother, which she only uses at times of near-dire consequences for the family as they try to survive in New York.


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The film premiered at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival and was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003. It has won numerous awards but most people have never heard of it. I recommend if you have not seen it that you should.

Here is the trailer.


The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “title.”  Think of the title of a movie. Remember or jot down the first one that comes to mind. Now what I’d like you do for SoCS is, use that title as the inspiration for your post. It can be the story of the movie, the title of the movie, or you can simply quote the title of the movie somewhere in your post. It’s up to you! Enjoy!

This is also part of Just Jot It January.


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