Director: JIM SHERIDAN
105 minutes| Ireland-U.K.| 2002| Colour| Dolby Digital Stereo| 35mm
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Jim Sheridan and co-author of the film’s screenplay, Kirsten Sheridan.
Jim Sheridan’s most personal film, this tale of an Irish family settling in New York following the death of their young son, drew on his two older daughters’ memories of coming to the city when they were children. The loss of a child (first explored in Mobile Homes) is an acknowledgement of the death of Sheridan’s own brother, Frankie, an event to which the director often refers. Shot in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, In America is thus a story about coming to terms with bereavement. Still, it is not a morbid film, but one filled with celebrations of life. At the heart of it lie two remarkable performances, from Sarah and Emma Bolger as the young girls, Christy and Ariel. The complexity of the relationship between their parents is unusual for cinema, and realised by more fine acting from Paddy Considine and Samantha Morton. Magical interventions, not least from E.T., make this a heart-warming piece.