Run time: 112mins
Director: John Crowley
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen with Jim Broadbent, Brid Brennan and Julie Walters
Synopsis: A young woman, Eilis, moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, New York where, unlike home, she has the opportunity for work and for a future – and love, in the form of Italian-American Tony. When a family tragedy brings her back to Ireland, she finds herself absorbed into her old community, but now with eligible Jim courting her. As she repeatedly postpones her return to America, Eilis finds herself confronting a terrible dilemma – a heart-breaking choice between two men and two countries.
Director John Crowley (Is Anybody There?, 2008; Boy A, 2007) superbly transfers to the screen this 2009 Colm Tóibín prize-winning novel, adapted by Nick Hornby.
With a mesmerising central performance from the totally convincing Saoirse Ronan (Lost River, 2014; The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014; Atonement, 2007) as Eilis, Brooklyn is a sweeping, romantic drama that has been superbly crafted with an excellent ensemble cast.
Eilis Lacy is living in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, with her widowed mother and older sister, Rose. Prospects and opportunities are limited and she only has a Sunday job at the grocery store run by the waspish Miss Kelly (brilliantly played by Brid Brennan). Suddenly, and almost unwittingly, she finds she has the opportunity of a new life in Brooklyn, New York. Homesick at first and under the watchful eye of kindly local priest, Father Flood (Jim Broadbent) and living in a boarding house run by Mrs Kehoe (Julie Walters), Eilis starts work in a department store. Soon she meets a decent young man, Tony (Emory Cohen) and is transformed into a modern, independent young New York woman. Then tragedy forces Eilis to return to Ireland and she must decide where her heart really lies.
Brooklyn is a brilliantly modulated film with a sensitive music score by Michael Brook (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2012) and beautiful cinematography by Yves Bélanger (Dallas Buyers Club, 2013).
Period recreation of the 1950s in Ireland and Brooklyn are faultlessly executed by Production Designer François Séguin and Costume Designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux.
Brooklyn is a beautiful, elegant film compiled of small, understated moments, with a magnetic, unforgettable central performance from the talented Saoirse Ronan.
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