Steely Cotillard shines in 'The Immigrant'

CANNES, France (AP) — Actress Marion Cotillard has given her all and even learned another language to play a Polish woman struggling with the realities of 1920s New York in James Gray's terse movie, "The Immigrant."

The drama, premiering Friday at the Cannes Film Festival, was filmed at Ellis Island where millions of immigrants arrived from Europe in search of a better life.

Cotillard, whose character's hopes are dashed when she is forced into prostitution, delivers a steely performance, of which large chunks are delivered in Polish, a language she learnt for the role.

She says that learning Polish spurred her on artistically.

"I ... create characters that have their own approach, their own physical language. When you have a different language to learn, it somehow helps to create that," she says.

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