BROOKLYN * Spoiler Alert *
Directed by John Crowley. Starring: Saoirse Ronan. Emory Cohen. Domhnall Gleeson. Julie Walters. I think ultimately this story is about choice, is about a choice that life at a certain stage will allow you to make and Eilis needs to go through this incredibly beautiful happy heart -breaking journey in order to make this one choice which is where does she want to be and where does she want to be happy. - Saoirse Ronan How refreshing to see a film that hearkens back to the forties style of storytelling that wrings your heart dry with emotion and empathy for a strong female protagonist with a single-minded head but a shared heart. Such films were categorized as â€˜women picturesâ€™ and always had a powerful actress as the star: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford or Barbara Stanwyck. Brooklyn has Saoirse Ronan. She plays Eilis, an Irish immigrant who sails to Brooklyn in the hope of finding work and a new life. She battles homesickness for her homeland and missing her mother and sister. But then she meets and falls in love with Tony (Emory Cohen) an Italian American and a skilled plumber. Then family tragedy back home in Ireland causes her to leave Brooklyn and her new husband. Tony tells her that he is afraid that she will not return. Back home in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Eilis finds things have changed: there is more work and eligible men, though at first she does not succumb to the latter, when she meets Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson) her will-power begins to wain and she rationalises her reasons to stay longer than she intended and letters from Tony are stuffed in a drawer unopened. John Crowley directs a story that will resonate with those who are immigrants but also anyone who has longed for meeting up again with distant friends or relatives. It is an old fashioned movie that makes one yearn for those escapist romances. For it to work, you need an excellent cast. Here everyone is
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