Lodging at a boarding house for young ladies run by Mrs Kehoe (Julie Walters) and aided by the benevolent guidance of Father Flood (Jim Broadbent), Eilis goes to work at an elegant New York department store where she makes a nervous start under the exacting but not unsympathetic scrutiny of Miss Fontini (Jessica Paré, from Mad Men). Despite her profound homesickness, Eilis falls in love with Tony (Emory Cohen) an Italian-American plumber with a touch of Brando about him who opens her eyes to the possibilities of a new life. A family crisis calls Eilis back to Ireland, where her American-styled confidence and sophistication catch the eye of the charming Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson)…and throw Eilis into a spin.
“Everything in Crowley’s movie hangs on Saoirse Ronan’s performance as Eilis…she’s as clear as rainwater; the smallest emotions move across her face…at heart a ‘woman’s picture’, that staple of mid-century cinema…the film adapts the genre’s traditions splendidly.” Film Comment
“Saoirse Ronan lights up the screen in the year’s best love story” Rolling Stone
3 Sep - 12 Sep
Based on the acclaimed novel by Colm Toibin and adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby (An Education), Brooklyn tells the moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irishwoman who in 1952 travels from her home in Enniscorthy to the United States in search of a brighter future and becomes torn between two destinies: a life in New York or her native Ireland.