Brooklyn, based on the novel by Colm Toibin, tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the two men who represent the Old and New Worlds.
The film is brilliantly well-cast, with Saoirse Ronan standing out as Eilis, but there is tingling chemistry between her and the New York Italian boy she falls for, Tony Fiorello, played by Emory Cohen with great subtlety. Back in Ireland, Tony has a competing suitor, played with generous good grace by Domhnall Gleeson, whose now-reliable instincts give the film a helping hand. One way or the other, Eilis has to break someone’s heart; the more she delays the decision, the bigger the breakage. There are lovely cameos from Jane Brennan and Fiona Glascott, as the mother and sister she leaves behind and a typically eccentric one from Julie Walters, as Eilis’s Brooklyn, but very Irish, landlady.
John Crowley does an excellent job as director and Nick Hornby has written one of the best adapted screenplays of the year, for which he is nominated for an Oscar, and of his career. The film is a quiet gem, don’t miss it!
The film won the Best British Film award at the recent BAFTAs and Saoirse Ronan has won nominations for Best Actress at the recent Golden Globe and BAFTA awards and also for an Oscar.
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