An Irish woman living with her mother in the 1950s decides to make a fresh start in America. She makes her home in New York, and falls in love. However, her past catches up with her when she receives bad news from Ireland, and faces a harsh choice between her two homes. Brooklyn was also named one of the best films of 2015, featuring on over 120 Top 10 Critics’ Lists.
Saoirse Ronan, star of Atonement and Hanna, impressively comes of age in this sweet, crowd-pleasing tale of a woman torn between two worlds. Adapted by Nick Hornby (About a Boy) from the novel by Colm Toibin, it’s set in the austere 1950s, with Ronan playing a small-town Irish girl who relocates to Brooklyn, New York. Surviving both acute homesickness and the jibes of other girls in her digs (run by a comically excellent Julie Walters), Ronan eventually finds romance with an Italian-American (Emory Cohen). But then there’s a tragedy back home and she is torn, not only between new and old worlds, but also between two loves – her old flame played by Domhnall Gleeson. Brooklyn is a hugely likeable piece of old-fashioned entertainment from director John Crowley that will have old softies everywhere shedding tears of joy and sadness.
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters
Director: John Crowley
Running time 1 hr 51 min
Date of event:8th September 2016