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The Emigrants (2021) Movie Review


The Emigrants – Movie Review

Director: Erik Poppe (The King’s Choice)

Writer: Anna Bache-Wiig, Siv Rajendram Eliassen (Screenplay)

Writer: Vilhelm Moberg (Novel)


  • Gustaf Skarsgård (Vikings)
  • Sofia Helin (The Snowman)
  • Diana Bermudez (Yesterday)
  • Tove Lo
  • Lisa Carlehed (Into the Darkness)

Plot: Based on the book by Vilhelm Moberg (published in 1949) depicting a few people emigrating from Sweden to the United States in 1840 – early 1850.

Runtime: 2 Hours 28 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Emigrants starts as a Swedish family Karl-Oskar (Skarsgard) and Kristina (Carlehed) look to start a new life in America. The trip will be dangerous and will see the family make new friends and lose loved ones.

Arriving in America, they head to Minnesota to start their new life. Showing the new challenges, they must overcome to make this life work out for themselves.

Verdict on The Emigrants

The Emigrants is a drama that shows a family immigrating to a new country, similar to what ‘Minari’ did in 2021. This will focus more on the journey and the dangerous conditions they lived in to arrive. Their adapting to the new life shows the other challenges they struggle through.

This will cover a large amount of time for the family, seeing how their dream started to become a reality. While still showing not everything is different in the new world, they find themselves in.

The movie does have strong performances, with the characters showing the pain they have and are going through during the journey.

Where to Watch: Signature Entertainment presents The Emigrants on Digital Platforms on 1st August.

Final ThoughtsThe Emigrants is an interesting story about starting a new life.

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