6.30PM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE ★★★
Heartbreak is always but a breath away in The Immigrant, an intense period drama that is as beautiful as it is bleak. The year is 1921, and two Polish sisters have arrived in New York to start a new life. Magda (Angela Sarafyan) is immediately thrown in quarantine, and could be deported pending a final ruling by authorities. This leaves the older Ewa (Marion Cotillard) stranded in more ways than one. A well-dressed stranger offers his assistance. Ewa has no choice but to accept. Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix) runs a burlesque show on the Lower East Side. It is actually a front for a prostitution ring, but Ewa won’t find that out until it is far too late. Though there is a distinct unease to the relationship of Ewa and Bruno as it slowly develops, there is a clear connection as well. Each sees a little of who they might have been in the other, had life dealt them a better hand.