avatar for Brooklyn


Based on Colm Tóibín’s acclaimed novel and adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby, Brooklyn follows the journey of a young Irish immigrant navigating her new life in 1950s New York, torn between her homeland and her future.

Saoirse Ronan, in what could very well be another Oscar-nominated performance, is captivating as the luminous Eilis, reluctantly lured to leave her beloved Ireland for the promise of opportunity in America. Having trouble adjusting to this different life, she yearns for her family back in Ireland—until fresh new romance comes into focus that quickly diminishes her homesickness. As she grows closer to working-class Italian-American Tony (played by Emory Cohen in a breakout performance), she radiates a vivaciousness not seen before. But tragic circumstances call her back across the Atlantic, where the familiarity and comfort of her old life threaten to reclaim her. New opportunities in her hometown and the attentions of an eligible suitor (Domhnall Gleeson) push Ellis to decide what she wants her life to be. A gorgeously realized film, Yves Bélanger’s lush cinematography and François Séguin’s spot-on period production design beautifully capture Brooklyn’s time and place, buoyed by a beautiful Michael Brook score. Ronan and Cohen are in peak form, the chemistry between them palpable, and joined by a stellar cast of supporting characters including Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. Capturing the bittersweet mix of excitement and longing, John Crowley’s sensitive, robust drama is a timeless portrait of discovering your place in the world and the excruciating decisions that come along with it.

DIRECTOR: John Crowley
CAST: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters
COUNTRY: Ireland, UK, Canada
YEAR: 2015
LENGTH: 112 min
Tuesday, October 27

6:00pm EDT