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John Crowley (2015)

12A Certificate


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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 Tóibín, 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 - Cohen and eligible bachelor 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.


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
Tony Emory Cohen
Mrs Kehoe Julie Walters
Father Flood Jim Broadbent
Patty Emily Bett Rickards
Maurizio Michael Zegen
Sheila Nora-Jane Noone
Mr Fiorello Paulino Nunes
Miss Kelly Brid Brennan
Director John Crowley
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Nov 2015