Brooklyn tells a story so vivid and moving you’d be forgiven for getting completely lost in the world of Eilis (Saoirse Ronan), the film’s protagonist. Despite being set in 1950’s Ireland and New York, there are so many characteristics of Irish culture and humour that still resonate today, without giving into the ‘twee’ of many Irish emigrant movies.
Eilis’ sister organises with a visiting priest ( Jim Broadbent) for her to move to New York and work in a department store. It means she must leave behind everything she knows, of life in small town Ireland. While there, Eilis becomes homesick, despite living in a boarding house with other young females.
With the constantly and seemingly unintentionally comedic landlady Mrs Kehoe (Julie Walters) to keep the film light, we see Eilis grow from a nervous girl to a confident young lady. When she meets an Italian/American man Tony (Emory Cohen), things starts to look up, that is until she is called home when her family is met with tragedy. There she meets another man, Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson) and she is torn between two worlds and two futures.
Brooklyn is touching, beautiful and honest, and if you don’t feel anything watching it you may be dead inside! At last, someone has made and an Irish film that stays true to our culture, history and humanity, without adding the paddywhackery. Saoirse Ronan is an absolute talent and delight to watch in this coming of age drama and this film will no doubt further cement her as one of our icons for years to come.
Out November 6th