In America

In America DVD coverIn 2002, Fox Searchlight Pictures released the film In America, directed by venerable Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan.  Sheridan also co-wrote the script with his daughters Naomi and Kristen.  The story revolves around an Irish family who immigrate to America after the death of their son and wind up living in a dilapidated apartment in the Hell’s Kitchen section of New York.  As happy as they are to have a new start in the U.S., the family continues to grieve over the loss of their youngest child, and find it nearly impossible to escape the pain of this terrible tragedy.  However, when the family befriends a strange man, things change.  Somehow, the tensions that had boiled almost to the breaking point recede and give way to a new appreciation of life, family and community.