How often do you see a film that is universally relatable? These days, it's not often. BROOKLYN is the film adaptation of Colm Tóibín's internationally celebrated novel and is now out in theatres. It's a perfect film to see with your family this Thanksgiving season. This film riveted me from the moment it opened. Bring the tissues, because you'll need them. I cried four separate times. Saoirse Ronan's performance as Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey is incredible. It may be historical fiction, but dang that girl can act. She gives an awards-worthy performance as Eilis and is definitely set to do fine things in her acting career.
The film covers topics that are universally relatable such as the coming of age, leaving home, romance, family, friendship, and first love. Despite its PG-13 rating, most kids in grades 4 or 5 could easily handle the subject matter and it would be a great way for them to be exposed to a period of history. BROOKLYN recalls an era familiar to many men and women whose mothers and fathers experienced similar journeys to America and has a nostalgic feel making it a great movie for different generations to enjoy.
You'll cry, you'll laugh, you'll be nostalgic. This movie is a must-see movie this holiday season. I can't recommend it enough.
BROOKLYN tells the story of Eilis Lacey, 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 Eilis must choose between two countries and the separate incompatible lives that exist within. BROOKLYN was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival
The film is directed by John Crowley from a screenplay by Nick Hornby (An Education, Wild) The film also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, with Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. The film is produced by Finola Dwyer & Amanda Posey. The filmmaking team includes director of photography Yves Bélanger, production designer François Séguin, set decorators Jennifer Oman and Louise Tremblay, editor Jake Roberts, music by Michael Brook, and costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux. BROOKLYN stars Academy Award nominated Saoirse Ronan (ATONEMENT, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL), Domhnall Gleeson (EX MACHINA, UNBROKEN), and Emory Cohen (THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES). BROOKLYN also features beloved veteran actors Jim Broadbent (MOULIN ROUGE, The HARRY POTTER series) and Julie Waters (BILLY ELLIOT, The HARRY POTTER series).
What the critics are saying about BROOKLYN:
“A critical hit on the festival circuit that has been described as ‘stunning,' ‘wondrous' and ‘lovely.'”– Cara Buckley, NY Times
“Impeccably directed by John Crowley and elegantly adapted by Nick Hornby from a novel by Colm Tóibín, Classic filmmaking beautifully done.”– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“A delicate adaptation, directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, of Colm Toibin’s novel of the same name…It’s a quiet, observant movie, with an aversion to melodrama and a sense of the ordinary that recalls old films like “Marty,” and its gentle nostalgia feels honest and unforced. Ms. Ronan, who as a child actor often seemed wise beyond her years, depicts the arrival of maturity with breathtaking poise and sensitivity.”– A.O Scott, NYT
“‘BROOKLYN' is one of my all-time favorite movies. Just wonderful.” – Scott Feinberg, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Saoirse Ronan shines” – Peter Debruge, VARIETY
“The entire ensemble cast brings the story to life with remarkable humor and grace.” – Dave Karger, Fandango
“A stunning drama. ‘Brooklyn’ features a number of excellent performances.” – Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter
“Saoirse Ronan, emerging as one of her generation’s finest actors, is in such strong command of the character.” – David Ehrlich, Time Out New York