Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Brooklyn

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Brooklyn

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BROOKLYN

Directed by John Crowley (Fox Searchlight, 2015)

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Within the first 10 minutes of Brooklyn, it is clear that the film's lead, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) is destined for something beyond her small Irish town. Rose, Eilis' sister to whom she is fiercely devoted, knows that as well and finds an Irish priest in Brooklyn, New York to sponsor Eilis' emigration to America. Set in 1950s Brooklyn and based on Colm Toibin's 2009 novel of the same name, the film is a story about leaving home and journeying into the unknown.

"We need Irish girls in Brooklyn," Eilis' sponsor, Father Flood, remarks in an attempt to comfort Eilis from her almost debilitating homesickness. Quick-witted and startlingly candid, she responds, "I can't stop thinking that I want to be an Irish girl in Ireland." Indeed, her longing for home begins the moment she begins her transatlantic journey. While penning letters to Rose, Eilis is keenly aware of how out of place she feels in the place she's trying to call home--until she meets Tony (Emory Cohen). …

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