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Hello and welcome to the movie blog of author John DeFrank - FilmZ and Guy Sobriquet Malone - Researcher

Brooklyn


In 1952, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) leaves Ireland to find her fortunes in Brooklyn, thanks to her sister Rose's appeal to an Irish Priest (Jim Broadbent) who runs a program for immigrants in the US.  Eilis is set up with a job and a room in a boarding house for young woman run with an iron fist by prim and wisecracking Mrs. Keogh (Julie Walters). 

Brooklyn is the story of the immigrant experience torn from the Old Sod and planted in a new world--her hopes, fears, triumphs, and tribulations.  And we see the romance of first love, complicated by two suitors, an Italian American (Emory Cohen) and an Irishman (Domhnall Gleeson), both magnetic on screen with Ronan. 

I first heard of Brooklyn when it entered the Sundance Film Festival with little notice but received adulation, followed by a hot bidding war for distribution rights, a justified gamble for a film whose budget was so tight that a date to Ebbets Field is discussed but not seen.  It has earned over $30 million and has been nominated for three Oscars: Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay--Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy, Wild) adapted Colm Toibin's best-selling novel, and most significantly a marvelous performance from 21-year old Saoirse Ronan, who owns our heart from beginning to end.


8 out of 10

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