Saoirse Ronan leads the big screen adaptation of Colm Tóibín‘s novel Brooklyn as Eilis Lacey, a young woman who decides to leave her family behind in Ireland for the promise and opportunity in America. Thanks to Father Flood (Jim Broadbent), Eilis has a job and a place to stay, but she still has a tough time building a life for herself so far from home. It isn’t until a charming, sweet Italian man named Tony (Emory Cohen) steps in and sweeps her off her feet that Eilis starts to feel like she’s living her own American dream. However, when a family tragedy strikes, Eilis is forced to take a step back and reassess where she should build a future for herself.
Eilis is an extremely driven person, but no matter how much progress she makes, she’s always dealing with a degree of homesickness. In honor of Brooklyn‘s Canadian Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September, I got the opportunity to sit down with Ronan, Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson to discuss what they get most homesick for and what they do to cope with it. Check out what they said in the video interview below and keep an eye out for more on Brooklyn as it hits select theaters on November 4th and then expands over the next few weeks.
Here’s the official synopsis for Brooklyn:
BROOKLYN tells the 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 lives that exist within. The film is directed by John Crowley from a screenplay by Nick Hornby based on the novel by Colm Tóibín. The film also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen with Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.