Recently returning to New York City after serving tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, Sam struggles to re-assimilate into American society, working as a night security guard. While visiting his old friend Bassam, Sam’s Iraqi translator who lives in NYC, Sam meets Amira, Bassam’s strong-willed nephew. While initially Amira doesn’t care for Sam, due to being an American soldier, she is forced to live with Sam after immigration officials attempt to track her down at Bassam’s apartment. The more time the two spend together they begin to fall in love, but Amira’s illegal status in America threatens to tear them apart for good. Sean Mullin’s Amira & Sam is a heartfelt love story between two unlikely individuals, who are each struggling to find their place in America. With strong characterizations, Sean Mullin has created a love story that unfolds organically, capturing how Amira & Sam’s relationship evolves the more time they share together, realizing how similar they are and how much they can confide in one and other. While the love story is the primary focus of the film, Amira & Sam is also a film about the current state of America, where self-interests have run rampant over the country. Sometimes subtle, sometimes not, the film captures the difficulties of a soldiers returning to normal life, and how their idealism becomes shattered as they reassimulate themselves. The film creates this invisible barrier between Sam’s character and the family he returns home to in his cousin and uncle, both of which, have an incredibly vapid understanding of what veteran’s actually sacrifice during times of war. The characterization of this cousin character was one of the weakest aspects of the film, being a one-dimensional representation of this self-serving American culture, but overall I comment the film for trying to be more. While some of the film’s thematic intentions don’t completely hit home, Amira & Sam is a thought-out romantic comedy thats intentions go beyond simply an effective love story.
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