Eilis Lacey followed her sister, Rose's, plan to leave Ireland and find a better future and job in the US. She departs terribly, enduring seasickness and a terrible relationship with her cabin mates. A kind traveler gives her advice to live in Brooklyn, where many Irish immigrants live. Eilis settles in Brooklyn and becomes close to Father Flood, a Catholic priest. She gets a job in a department store and falls in love with an Italian boy named Tony. News from home sends Eilis back to Ireland, away from Tony.
Wow,Brooklyn, easily one of the best films I have seen in a long time. Once you see it you can't stop thinking about it especially if you've made a similar journey to Eilish's,which nearly everyone has. Although it's set in the 1950s, 'Brooklyn'is still universal today. Saoirse Ronan gives her best (Oscar worthy) performance along with Emory Cohen in this magnificent coming-of-age tale about becoming independent, finding love and carving out your own path in life.Julie Walters really cracked me up in the boarding house scenes as did the supporting cast. I liked how there was no cattiness amongst the ladies. They all looked out for and supported one another which is a rarity in cinema these days. Domhnall Gleeson gives a fine performance as Jim, a change from his usual roles. I can't recommend 'Brooklyn' enough. It will make one cry, laugh, think about one's own life and the choices one's made. As Steven Zeitchik LA TIMES said "If you dislike Brooklyn the movie, you have no soul".