Friday, October 9, 2015

Brief word on BROOKLYN (2015) New York Film Festival 2015

Saoirse Ronan stars as Eilis, a young Irish woman who goes to America in the hope of getting a better future. While there she meets and falls in love with a nice Italian boy. However when circumstances forces her to go home for period her world is complicated when her situation turns around and she suddenly finds she can have a good job and a nice Irish boy comes calling.

Based on a novel by Colm Tóibín the film was directed by John Crowley and adapted by Nick Hornby this is a nifty little romance that is based on a story Tóibín had heard as young man concerning a family member who went through a similar experience. You'll forgive me if I don't go into details since what happens is what gives the film its suspense.

A beautifully acted film this is a throw back in many ways to the films of the early 1950's when the film takes place. While the film is more up to date than the films of the 1950's, there were never references to using a bucket for a toilet, the film is pretty much a good old fashion romance and it's wonderful.

The cast is first rate. Saoirse Ronan is almost certainly to get an Oscar nomination in a turn that is going to make her an even bigger star and stamp her as one of the finest actresses working today. Jim Broadbent is wonderful as the priest who helps Eilis in America. Julie Walters is charming as Eilis' land lady. And the rest of the cast is equally good and it's kind of sad that they won't get noticed come awards season.

You want to see this. The film hits theaters in November. However if you're in New York this weekend the film is running as part of the New York Film Festival encore series on Sunday. For tickets and more information go here.

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