My Yedem V Ameriku (1992)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners  |   Run Time - 118 min.  |   Countries - Russia  |  
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In this Russian comedy, a family leaves Russia to find a new life in the New World at the turn-of-the-century. The film chronicles their journey. It is based on a story by Sholom Aleichem and is told from the viewpoint of an 11-year old boy, Motl, whose father, a choirmaster, was killed. His mother has great hope as she uproots her family to head for the New World. They endure a lively train ride, and are then held in a border town. The family must wait while the authorities argue their fate. While waiting Motl gets involved in some strange meetings, including one with a "shtetl witch."

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American-dream, survivor, family, immigrant, journey, train [locomotive]