“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 this year’s Sundance, 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. Brooklyn is one of my favorite films of the year. 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 a lot of money to acquire the film after it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
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. Brooklyn is now playing in limited release.