Thursday, October 8, 2015
Brooklyn played in this year's New York Film Festival.
A sentiment-rich, resolutely life-sized portrait of a relatively unexceptional young woman, director John Crowley's Brooklyn, based on the novel by Colm Tóibín, concerns the random twists and turns that can determine the course of an ordinary life. It's also a timely reminder of the fact that a life is shifted off its axis whenever someone is forced to emigrate to a foreign country.
As Eilis Lacey, who heads overseas to join a sea of displaced Irish men and women in post-WWII Brooklyn, Saoirse Ronan holds the screen with a quiet, watchful intensity. Ellis is bright and hardworking, yet she can't find a toehold in the depressed Irish job market. Her older sister, Rose (Fiona Glascott), and their priest have made all the arrangements for her, enlisting the genial Father Flood (Jim Broadbent) in Brooklyn to line up a room in a respectable boarding house and a position as a department store clerk. Read the rest in Slant Magazine