Thursday, September 16, 2010

... And the pursuit of happiness, by Louis Malle

   This is one of Malle's five documentaries released by the Criterion Collection.

   The director patches short sketches of lives of foreign immigrants in America. He, himself, an immigrant at the country, Malle speaks interviews or narrates in voice over with his strong french accent.

   As these stories unfold, the immigrant experience in the 80's America is shown as more and more complex. The film finishes with an american-born black women très à l'aise singing russian-jew music.
   How to call that?

   Reimmigration? Malle asks...

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