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Oscar® Nominee Saoirse Ronan* lights up the screen as Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant navigating through 1950s Brooklyn. Although her initial homesickness soon gives way to romance, when Eilis s life is disrupted by news from her hometown, she is forced to choose between two countries and two men on opposite sides of the world. Based on the best-selling novel, Brooklyn is a warm and wonderful story about falling in love...and finding your way home.
*Supporting Actress, Atonement, 2007.
Theatrical Feature Blu-ray
**11 Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Director s Commentary
**Audio Commentary by Director John Crowley
**6 Promotional Featurettes: The Story, Home, Love, Cast, The Making of Brooklyn, Book to Screen
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Everything from the subtle characters to the music to the cinematagraphy works in unison. And Saoirise Ronan shines. A lovely woman inside and out. You can't fake that.
Best movie of the year in my book.
Director John Crowley (“Closed Circuit”) had me from the beginning. As the departing Eillis is waving goodbye to Rose and their mother, Mary (Jane Brennan), the camera closes in on the faces of the families on shore. Panning the camera to the left, we see others whose faces project the sadness of family members heading off to a new life across the Atlantic. Eillis isn’t sure about it all, but Rose has insisted she will find a better life there.
Once she arrives, Eillis settles in at a boarding house run by Mrs. Keogh, (Julie Walters), thanks to Father Flood (Jim Broadbent). The landlady is a hoot as are the other tenants. Much different than I expected. She’s morally sensible but has no problem with the young women seeking a man. It seems a little off-putting in today’s world, but the ideal life in the early 1950’s was a man, a woman and children. Each of the ladies have small scenes at the nightly dinner table and rather than turn them into run-of-the-mill meanies or misfits, Crowley and screenwriter Nick Hornby give each a personality. It is really quite refreshing.
As Eillis begins to adapt and moves on past her loneliness and regret, she meets Tony (Emory Cohen, “The Place Beyond the Pines”), a young Italian plumber, at a church dance. In a beautiful turn by Cohen, Tony is the perfect marrying type. He’s handsome, he’s polite, he has a job, and he’s ambitious. Everything seems to be working out. Even Eillis’s clerk job at a high end department store is going well. She’s taking night classes in bookkeeping and hopes to become an accountant, like her sister.
Plans are interrupted however as events in her home country require a trip back. Once there, Eillis meets some old friends and eventually Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson), another well-meaning bachelor from a wealthy family. They become friends quickly. Eillis is even given a part time job in her chosen field. What to do? Stay in Ireland or go back to Tony and New York. Frankly, the choice is difficult and Ms. Ronan handles the scenes brilliantly. I’m guessing she won’t win the Oscar this year, but if she does, I won’t be shocked…or disappointed. She’s in almost every scene and she’s terrific, as is the movie. Highly recommended.
She begins working in a hurried department store and Father Flood keeps her afloat with his support while also enrolling her in night classes for Bookkeeping. She also volunteers (which I found one of the most heartwarming sides of Eilis) at an Irish soup-type kitchen so the men can have food for Christmas and a camaraderie together. These workers have built the bridges, tunnels and so much more in the city and now are unemployed. It is extremely difficult for the Irish people still. Their faces are saddened because of their feelings of longing from the Irish folk songs being sung in memory of their beloved motherland. Eilis is a lovely young woman with a generous soul and a heart of gold now thriving where planted. It is no wonder that she meets a new fella, Tony (Emory Cohen), quite soon. He also works as hard as Eilis for the American Dream. It is at this point that they begin their story together in New York as he is besotted with her and so is Eilis concerning him.
Well into their ongoing relationship, Eilis must immediately return to her home in Ireland once again to confront dire issues. As time slowly passes she is becoming grounded in her homeland of Ireland once more and realizes the importance of her past and present; with her Irish heritage and all she has known of her village right there and with her new but relatively short life in America. While in Ireland, she meets another possible fella, Jim (Domhnall Gleeson) who is equally caring and impressed with her. These special people and all her memories tug on Eilis’ sentimental heartstrings, although she is soon solid in her decision about where her home should be.
Based on the novel by Colm Toibin with a fine tuned and impressive screenplay done by Nick Hornby, Director John Crowley offers us the story of a young woman with meager funds but expansive dreams, and she is not afraid to chase them down until she finds what is right for her life. A heart-tugging tale that brings you the feeling that Eilis’ story could be one of many that have passed through Ellis Island at the time before its closing in 1954. This features gorgeous sights (Yves Belanger) during the fifties; a sprawling New York setting bringing back a more uncomplicated time in our history. Ireland is well represented also as an opposite with its cozy hamlets along with its beautiful coastlines while the fashioned city where the hustle and bustle of Coney Island and downtown New York are quite different. The film is beautifully acted and Saoirse Ronan absolutely amazes as Eilis. This film is a must see;' beautifully picturesque and emotionally endearing as we watch Eilis navigate her life. For me, this is the most heartfelt and enduring movie to come along in quite a long while.
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Wish I could give it 11 Stars!