Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Brooklyn: Monday, November 23 2015

Brooklyn is a delightful film. Based on the book by Colin Toibin, the storyline is simple. It took me right back to when I left Scotland, so long ago. A young woman finds when she returns to her native Ireland from Brooklyn, she can't fit into the way of thinking of those she had left behind. This is the experience of most people who seek another life. The person is changed too much by the new world they have found.

The film co-produced by Irish, UK, and Canadian companies. Directed by John Crowley, it is a work of art. Such a simple story, set in the early fifties, it is transformed into the universal experience of so many people at that time. Perhaps that is why it is so enthralling. It is so real, the acting is so believable, and the world of that time is so authentic, it pulls the audience into its magical recreation of another day and age. I loved the film, and was sorry when it ended a few minutes short of two hours.

The actors were new to me. Saoirse Ronan plays Eilis Lacey, Emory Cohen plays Antonio "Tony" Fiorello, and Domhnall Gleeson plays Jim Farrell. They are all star material and a pleasure to watch. Fiona Glascott plays Eilis' older sister, Rosie.

A film well-worth seeing. It is one that will touch your emotions, and that you will remember.

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