BROOKLYN 2015 117 Minutes
Faithfully adapted from Colm Tóibín’s novel, this film relates New York’s ongoing immigration experience, as seen through the eyes of Ellis Lacey, a young Irish woman. Played by Saoirse Ronan in her breakout performance, Ellis leaves her small town in County Wexford for better prospects in early ‘50s Brooklyn. Once there, she finds herself in a mirror Irish community wedged in among all the borough’s other ethnicities. At first Ellis is bereft with homesickness, but slowly she adapts to the New York hustle and bustle, finding love and fulfillment––only to have old obligations test her new loyalties. With Domhnal Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, and Jim Broadbent.
BE ADVISED: This film is rated PG-13, with period smoking, drinking, profanity, and sensuality, as well as Irish difficulties with swimwear.