Review: This tells a profoundly moving story of a girl named Eilis Lacey, a young Irish Immigrant who lands in 1950’s Brooklyn. She quickly finds romance but her past suddenly comes back to haunt her. Eilis must then choose between two countries and which man she will spend the rest of her life with.
Director: John Crowley
Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent
Genre: Drama and Romance
I really liked this film. Based on a novel by Colm Toibin and the screenplay was by Nick Hornby. I do not know anything about the novel or even have heard of the whole story before. There were quite a few scenes that felt real and that I felt emotionally moved by. The costuming must have taken a lot of thought and care over. Along with the good costuming they have done a fantastic job with the hair and make-up. This is Saoirse Ronan’s film but all the cast acted really well and were directed brilliantly. Even though Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent’s parts were only minor they still had a huge impact on the film and will always be memorable. The music in this was well chosen. The pace of this film was very slow moving but in a good way. The scenes were very long. This is an emotionally and physically exhausting journey that Eilis has gone through.The themes that feature in this are family, immigration, independence, love, and home. In Ireland when they were all at the beach it was all filmed at Curracloe Strand beach. This was also used for the filming of the D-Day sequence in Saving Private Ryan (1998). When this film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival it received a standing ovation. At the Bafta Film Awards in 2016 this won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film. Film Critic, Mark Kermode commented and said “In Ireland, Eilis is a daughter with a history; in America she is a woman with a future; in both she is filled with displaced longing”.