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Brooklyn (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 25 November 2015 (USA)
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An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Director:

John Crowley

Writers:

Nick Hornby, Colm Tóibín (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Saoirse Ronan ... Eilis
Hugh Gormley ... Priest (as Father Matt Glynn)
Brid Brennan ... Miss Kelly
Maeve McGrath ... Mary
Emma Lowe Emma Lowe ... Mrs Brady
Barbara Drennan ... Shabby Woman
Gillian McCarthy ... Timid Woman
Fiona Glascott ... Rose Lacey
Jane Brennan Jane Brennan ... Mary Lacey
Eileen O'Higgins ... Nancy
Peter Campion Peter Campion ... George Sheridan
Eva Birthistle ... Georgina
James Corscadden James Corscadden ... Ship Waiter
Julie Walters ... Mrs. Kehoe
Emily Bett Rickards ... Patty
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Storyline

Ireland, early-1950s. Eilis Lacey is a young woman working in a grocery shop. She has greater ambitions and moves to Brooklyn, New York, leaving her mother and sister, Rose, behind. She is terribly homesick but eventually settles down, finding a job, studying to be a bookkeeper and meeting a nice young man, Tony. Things are going well but then she learns that Rose has died, and decides to return to Ireland, temporarily. She and Tony hastily get married and then she sets off back to Ireland, alone. Life is about to get complicated... Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two countries, two loves, one heart.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG - 13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Canada | Ireland | Belgium

Language:

English | Latin | Irish

Release Date:

25 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brooklyn See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$187,281, 8 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,317,535, 22 May 2016
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Saoirse Ronan herself was born in The Bronx, New York, but raised in Ireland to Irish parents. She considers 'Brooklyn' to be one of her most personal films and it marks the first time she plays an Irish character in a film. (In The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) she spoke with an Irish accent but played a citizen of a generic fictitious European country.) In an interview with David Poland she expressed her concern with taking the role:"I felt like I can't mess this up, because all of Ireland will be watching. I felt a huge responsibility to the country to really capture what the story was." However, she said the warm reception at the Sundance Film Festival made her realize the universal essence of the film. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, a co-worker attempts to discuss the film The Quiet Man. This scene in Brooklyn, NY, takes place in 1951; also in a key scene that takes place much later, a new tombstone on a grave is dated 1st July 1952. "The Quiet Man" was not on general release in USA cinemas until 14 September 1952, with 21 August 1952 American premiere in New York City, New York. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Eilis: Miss Kelly wants to talk to you later.
Mary Lacey: Not if what you're going to say will cause trouble for me in some way or another.
Eilis: [sighs]
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Soundtracks

What's It To You, Jack?
Written by A Jacquest and J Carter
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp. and Lark Music Ltd.
Performed by Linda Hayes
Courtesy of Ace Records Ltd.
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Ronan owns this films, terrific performance
1 November 2015 | by svenrufusSee all my reviews

I was lucky enough to get tickets to a preview of Brooklyn last week, and in a rare change from the normal routine, I went into a film knowing absolutely nothing about it.

It was such a full house, that I ended up staring up at the screen from well outside my usual comfort zone at an awkward angle, too close to the screen, and away from my girlfriend which wasn't a great start, but once the film started I was quickly caught up in the magnificence of Saoirse Ronan's performance and forgot about any of those minor gripes.

Ronan owned this film, from first to last. The storyline itself is a somewhat thin and a follows a well-trodden path but Ronan gives it such heft, and brings the intensity of her character's experience and development full force such that any deficiencies of the story seem inconsequential. It was only after leaving the screening that I really looked back at some of the plot points and realised how contrived it had been in places, but for the time I was watching it, I was simply living it through the potency of the acting. Ronan was brilliant in this, and I struggle to think of any recent performances that can match this for the confidence and sure-footedness that she showed. I think she's in with a good shout for an award or two for this role.

It's worth mentioning Julie Waters as well, who reliably entertains and impresses in all she does. Between her and Saoirse Ronan, they made sure that Brooklyn passed the 6 laugh test – and also the 6 cry test. I laughed, and cried, and laughed as I was crying, and cried as I was laughing pretty much throughout the whole film. A thoroughly enjoyable film, where the central performance takes the audience on an engrossing and emotional trip through an otherwise somewhat slight storyline.


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