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Running Time:
1 hour 51 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This rich period drama tugs at the heartstrings as deftly as it satisfies the mind. It is a multi-layered masterpiece that easily stands out as one of the best films of the year.

Additional Info:
Saoirse Ronan ... Eilis
Jim Broadbent ... Father Flood
Maeve McGrath ... Mary
Emma Lowe ... Mrs. Brady
Fiona Glascott ... Rose
Jane Brennan ... Mary Lacey
Eileen O'Higgins ... Nancy
Peter Campion ... George Sheridan
Eva Birthistle ... Georgina
Julie Walters ... Mrs. Kehoe
Matt Glynn ... Priest
Brid Brennan ... Miss Kelly

With one eye looking forward to a world of possibilities as an immigrant in 1950s Brooklyn and another on her mother and sister (Fiona Glascott) left behind in Ireland, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) is uncertain what lies ahead for her.
Eilis is put up in a women’s boarding home run by Mrs. Kehoe (Julie Walters) and set up with a job at a department store. Initially, the adjustment period is taxing as letters from home leave Eilis bawling and nearly inconsolable. With the help of a strong support system including her store manager Miss Fortini (Jessica Pare) and Father Flood (Jim Broadbent), Eilis starts to get more comfortable to her new life. But it’s not until she meets Tony (Emory Cohen) that Eilis fully comes to appreciate all the big city has to offer. Their relationship is tender, sweet, refreshingly innocent and thanks to the chemistry between Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen. It’s the rare romance where it’s too good to be true, but as their courtship progresses, responsibilities back home force Eilis to return to Ireland.
Eilis quickly fits back into the flow of a less eventful life. She’s hanging out with her best friend Nancy while finding the advances of dashing suitor Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson) not all that unwelcome while Tony faithfully writes from New York. Soon Eilis is forced to decide which life she truly wishes to pursue.

Conflicts and difficult choices develop naturally and play out in an organic fashion that don’t feel manipulated for the sake of forced tension. There are no villainous characters set on making Eilis’ life hell. Conversely, the supporting cast from the fellow borders at the Kehoe home to Tony’s family are top to bottom enjoyable. The film could have easily focused on any of these subsets of Eilis’ life and been just as entertaining. There’s not a weak link among the cast and while the ensemble isn’t as flashy as some other award contenders, their efforts shouldn’t be overlooked.


Director John Crowley ("A Boy") lays the film out so smoothly that it feels more like a glimpse into the past than a movie made in 2015. There’s a classic, vintage style of filmmaking evident in every scene untainted by modern movies crammed with sarcasm and cynicism. Brooklyn is one of those films that makes you believe in real love again.

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