“1950s Ireland: Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men (Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen) and two countries, between duty and true love.”
When I first read the one liner for director John Crowley’s immigrant drama Brooklyn before Sundance began, I figured it would end up being a slow moving period piece that might appeal to a small segment of moviegoers.
I could not have been more wrong.
Now that Sundance is over, I can say Brooklyn was one of my favorite films at this year’s festival. Loaded with fantastic performances (especially Saoirse Ronan), a smart and funny script by Nick Hornby, and brilliant direction by John Crowley, Brooklyn is one of those special films that will connect with anyone who has a heart. It explains why Fox Searchlight paid $9 million to acquire it shortly after the premiere.
While I could try and sum up what the film is about, I think Adam did a great job in his review:
“The immigrant story is one that has been told countless times over, but director John Crowley’s moving and funny Brooklyn brings a degree of empathy to this particular tale that is rare. In chronicling the move of a young Irish woman in the 1950s from her home country to New York City, Crowley takes an intimate view of what it means leave family and try to make a new home in someplace entirely unfamiliar. Hornby’s sharp, sincere script and wonderful lead performances result in a touching and extremely empathetic chronicle of love, loss, and the idea of “home”.”
Also, while the film takes place in the 1950s, it really is a timeless story. I cannot recommend this film enough.
Shortly after the world premiere I sat down with Emory Cohen for an exclusive video interview. He talked about how he got cast, his character and what the film is about, the way he likes to prepare for a role, when he realized the film was special, upcoming projects like Stealing Cars, the western By Way of Helena, Vincent-N-Roxxy, and a lot more.
As usual, I’ve time indexed the interview so you can watch the parts that interest you. Look for Brooklyn in theaters later this year.
Emory Cohen Time Index:
- 0:15 – Did he have to hunt the project down or did they come to him?
- 0:55 – He was surprised that he got the part.
- 1:40 – Did he realize when he was making the film that it would affect people in this manner?
- 2:23 – On what the film is about and who his character is
- 3:01 – He enjoyed the clothes and the period of the film.
- 3:53 – On how he prepares for a role. Works alone first and then brings in a coach.
- 5:13 – On working relentlessly on his craft and doing the work.
- 5:38 – He discusses the tone of the film and the spontaneous humor.
- 6:20 – He hadn’t seen the full film until the premiere.
- 7:15 – Some roles he can watch himself in and others he can’t.
- 8:13 – On his upcoming films Stealing Cars, the western By Way of Helena and Vincent-N-Roxxy.
- 8:55 – Talks about working with Emile Hirsch, Zoë Kravitz and Zoey Deutch on Vincent-N-Roxxy.
- 9:29 – Talks about the advice he would give to his younger self.
- 10:25 – On his plans for 2015.