Director: John Crowley
With: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen Jim Broadbent, Domhnall Gleeson, Jane Brennan, Julie Walters and others
Ireland, England, Canada 2015 (111 min)
anyone who has ever visited New York or any other part of the United States know how it feels after landing queue to get their stamp in the passport and released into the land of the free and the home of the brave. The ubiquitous, mild anxiety before the customs official hearing on the purpose of the stay while handing over the form which certifies that neither planning any terrorist act or that it has been involved in Nazi crimes between 1933 and 1945. That is enough to that grim figure behind disk happens to have a bad day in order to be forced to board the next flight back home. At least that’s the feeling it is impossible to shake off.
How to behave in that situation to slip through, young Irishwoman Eilis Lacey tips of his temporary cabin mate on board the ship in 1951 taking her to New York. It reads “You have to think as an American, to know where you are headed.” And it works, though Eilis not know much more than that she left an aged mother and older sister Rose for a hopefully more economically prosperous existence than at home in Enniscorthy. It is the sister, who along with an Irish priest resides in Brooklyn, Father Flood, arranged jobs for Eilis department store Bartoccis’s. She boarded the Irishwoman Mrs. Kehoe (Brooklyn was filled to the brim by the Irish at this time) along with a few more young women.
In the evenings studying Eilis economics and she has not any real social life to speak of. But she goes on dancing and meetings where Italian American and rörmokarlärlingen Tony Fiorello played by Emory Cohen, who some years ago excelled in Derek Cianfrances The Place Beyond the Pines. where some early Marlon Brandoska glimpsed here, but as Tony Cohen will be much more sympathetic than in the role of the unseen and loathsome AJ Cianfrances film. In a small huj have the young couple decided to become husband and wife, something that no one really saw coming. So Eilis hit suddenly by an unexpected tragedy that temporarily forcing her home to Ireland.
The film (screenplay by Nick Hornby) is based on the Irish writer Colm Tóibíns novel of the same name and Tóibín has described how in his childhood in the right Enniscorthy could immediately see who was returning home or visiting , from his voluntary exile in the United States. How they exuded glamor, urbane and self-confidence no matter how well they really succeeded there.
The same applies Eilis when she returns to her hometown. Suddenly, she is seen as far more interesting than when she left, making her situation is anything but straightforward. Where does she really home? Where is she most missed? How she wants to shape his life?
Saoirse Ronan seen basically in every scene and reproduces fine a state of, on the one hand, vulnerability and alienation, while a natural ability to act fully aware that it is only Eilis herself and no another who can make decisions about her future.
It is a film full of fine detail and well chosen Supporting actor, but hoping to get to see New York in the fifties attire will be disappointed (apart from the occasional street with Brooklyn Bridge in the distance). Of the three week period of filming were spent only two days in New York and most of the exteriors to imagine Brooklyn was filmed in Montreal.
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