Brooklyn

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Brooklyn

John Crowley (2015)

107min
12 Certificate
Sunday 8pm - 9:45pm BBC Two
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Review

Our Score
Saoirse Ronan, star of Atonement and Hanna, impressively comes of age in this sweet, crowd-pleasing tale of a woman torn between two worlds. Adapted by Nick Hornby (About a Boy) from the novel by Colm Toibin, it's set in the austere 1950s, with Ronan playing a small-town Irish girl who relocates to Brooklyn, New York. Surviving both acute homesickness and the jibes of other girls in her digs (run by a comically excellent Julie Walters), Ronan eventually finds romance with an Italian-American (Emory Cohen). But then there's a tragedy back home and she is torn, not only between new and old worlds, but also between two loves - her old flame played by Domhnall Gleeson. Brooklyn is the sort of film that you slip warmly and comfortably into like a well-worn pair of slippers. It breaks no bounds, offers no edges. But it's a hugely likeable piece of old-fashioned entertainment from Boy A director John Crowley that will have old softies everywhere shedding tears of joy and sadness.

Summary

An Irish woman living with her mother in the 1950s decides to make a fresh start in America. She makes her home in New York, and falls in love. However, her past catches up with her when she receives bad news from Ireland, and faces a harsh choice between her two homes. Drama based on Colm Toibin's novel, starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.

Cast & Crew

Eilis Lacey Saoirse Ronan
Jim Farrell Domhnall Gleeson
Father Flood Jim Broadbent
Mrs Keogh Julie Walters
Tony Emory Cohen
Nancy Eileen O'Higgins
Patty Emily Bett Rickards
Dorothy Samantha Munro
Director John Crowley
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Edited for contentAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Nov 2015
Drama