About the film
italy sicily, italy tradition parent child relationship home attachment to nature emigration atlantic ocean restart family history utopia ship peasant progress ocean crossing intelligence test superstition mute family emigrant
Release Date: September 22, 2006
|Genres||:||History, Drama, Romance|
|Production Companies||:||Banque Populaire Images 6, Cofimage 16, Cofinova 2, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, mementoFilm, Respiro, Sofica EuropaCorp, Titti Film, Wild Bunch|
|Producers||:||Emanuele Crialese, Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Norma Angeleri, Fabrizio Mosca|
The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer, and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family, including his old mother. Before they embark, they meet Lucy. She is supposed to be a British lady and wants to come back to the States. Lucy, or Luce as Salvatore calls her, for unknown reasons wants to marry someone before to arrive to Ellis Island in New York. Salvatore accepts the proposal. Once they arrive in Ellis Island they spend the quarantine period trying to pass the examinations to be admitted to the States. Tests are not so simple for poor farmers coming from Sicily. Their destiny is in the hands of the custom officers.