Brooklyn is a classically constructed melodrama and something of a tearjerker, a real George Sirk (Imitation of Life, All That Heaven Allows) Sunday afternoon matinee.
Like its Oscar competitor, Carol, Brooklyn is set in the 1950s and transports us to a very different world with its ‘old-fashioned’ social mores and values. Exploring love and a sense of home, it’s a universal story of belonging.
Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones) brings an elegant poise to Eilis, torn between family in Ireland and a new life (and love) in New York. And with support from the likes of Jim Broadbent, Julie Waters, Jessica Pare and Fiona Glascott, the heartfelt love triangle between Eilis , Italian boy Tony (the unrecognisable Emory Cohen from The Place Beyond the Pines) and Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson – Ex-Machina, The Revenant) builds to its believable climax.