Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)
I have a confession to make: I didn’t read the book Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin, before I saw the movie. But now I want to. The movie was so good I can’t wait to reacquaint myself with the characters on the page.
Saoirse Ronan portrays a young Irish woman named Eilis Lacey who immigrates to Brooklyn in the early 1950s. The setting was one of the first things that struck me about the film–most stories about Irish immigration to America deal with the Famine period of the 1840s and 1850s. So I was immediately intrigued to find out more about post-WWII immigrant life.
Eilis struggles at first to overcome her crippling homesickness and fit in at work, night school, and her boardinghouse (with a great performance by Julie Walters as her garrulous landlady, Mrs. Kehoe). Then she meets Tony Fiorello (Emory Cohen), a young plumber with big dreams, and she starts to envision a future in America.
But when tragedy strikes her family, Eilis has to return to Ireland, and she finds herself drawn back into her life there. The attentions of an eminently eligible young man named Jim Farrell, played by rising star Domhnall Gleeson, make it even harder for her to decide whether Ireland or Brooklyn will be her destiny. One thing is for sure: with a compelling story line and superb acting, Brooklyn should definitely be your destiny on a Friday night.
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