I saw a lot of movies at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, but few stuck with me for as long or hit me as hard as director John Crowley’s (Boy A) drama Brooklyn. Scripted by Nick Hornby and based on the novel of the same name by Colm Toibin, the film is an immigrant story of a young Irish girl (Saoirse Ronan) in the 1950s who moves to New York City in search of opportunity, but finds herself stuck between two worlds, unsure to which she truly belongs.
This is one of the most touching and poignant immigrant stories ever told, and it’s anchored by tremendous performances from Ronan and Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond the Pines), as well as a standout turn from Julie Walters. It ranges from hilarious to heartbreaking to heartwarming, and Crowley wonderfully balances the intimacy of the story without delving into saccharine territory. Quite simply, this is one of the best films you’re likely to see all year, and I highly suggest making it a priority when it opens this fall.
The trailer, which you can watch below via Fox Searchlight, does a swell job of conveying the film’s tone while also teasing the gorgeous visuals, and I would not be surprised to see Brooklyn in the midst of the Oscar race later this year.
Here’s the official synopsis for Brooklyn:
BROOKLYN 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 she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.