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With: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Jessica Pare, Eve Macklin, Brid Brennan, Fiona Glascott, Jane Brennan, Nora-Jane Noone, Jenn Murray, Eva Birthistle, Michael Zegen
Written by: Nick Hornby, based on a novel by Colm Tóibín
Directed by: John Crowley
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language
Running Time: 111
Date: 11/13/2015

Brooklyn (2015)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Living on Borough Time

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Based on a novel by Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn is a surprisingly gentle, touching movie about a pretty, kind Irish girl, Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), who moves to New York in 1951 to make a new life for herself. She struggles with homesickness and misses her sister (Fiona Glascott) and mother (Jane Brennan) but also falls in love with a sweet Italian boy (Emory Cohen). A tragedy brings her back to Ireland, where she meets another handsome fellow (Domhnall Gleeson). Director John Crowley recovers from his last movie, the bungled Closed Circuit, with a delightfully soft touch. His Brooklyn of the past is vivid and immersive and beautifully designed; it feels more like time traveling than it does set-dressing. He lets this world cushion the characters, and he doesn't feel the need for any big, overtly dramatic moves. Small problems and small victories rule the day here. It's all sweetly, surprisingly, feminine, coming, as it does from a trio of men, Tóibín, Crowley, and screenwriter Nick Hornby. You could call it a "chick flick," but in the very best way. Jim Broadbent is a warm-hearted priest, and Julie Walters steals the show as the wise, funny boarding house woman.

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