Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley, is a drama film which was nominated to different awards, among them three oscars, and deservedly so. It is set on a small Ireland's village and also New York city in the middle of the last century and tells the story of a young woman called Eilis Lacey, played by Saoirse Ronan, and her struggle to have a better life leaving behind a monotonous dead-end job in her hometown. Emory Cohen is Tony Fiorello, a nice Italian plumber who lives in New York, and Domhnall Gleeson is Jim Farrell, a well-off Irish man who lives in Eilis' village. The two men will fight for Eilis' love but only one of them will manage it.
The story begins with Eilis being stuck in a rut which makes her unhappy. Subsequently, she decides to emigrate to New York where she will be supported by a Irish priest well known by her family. Once there, she has not only to work as a shop assistant in a high street names to earn a living but also to attend to classes to take a degree in accountancy. Although she is supposed to have everything to feel good , she finds it difficult her integration in her new town as she cannot help but feel homesick at all times. That is when she meets Tony and they fall for each other deciding to tie the knot so Eilis has the feeling that things go well .But the plot has an unexpected twist because of the abrupt death of Eilis' sister which makes Eilis get back to Ireland for a brief period of time . There, she strikes up a relationship with Jim who bends over backwards to give her a new insight about her life and gets it. In this way, Eilis stars forgetting her husband unwittingly keeping all his letters at the back of a drawer while making up for lost time in her hometown .The film reaches a dramatic climax when an malicious gossip makes Eilis take their situation very seriously indeed and change their mind for one of them.
Although it is rather slow film the plot is excellent with scenes which are both moving and warm and retain the viewer's interest throughout. Not to mention the acting which is is brilliant, especially Saoirse's performance, done in a realistic way with which most of us can identify. In fact, there are lot of scenes in which their face and their look are sufficient to involve the viewer in their emotions. Not surprisingly she was nominated to the Oscar for the best actress for this role.
All in all, I would recommend to see this film, since it actually seems to be a portrait about migration in the fiftees, showing the way people had to leave their homes and families in the hope of having a better life without knowing what the future held for them, something which is happening again in our society today. So, if you are looking for a story of hope about a woman who, after leaving their country, finds love, you should definitely see it.