with Saiorse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.
What would you do if you just fell in love and found a career in a land far away from your mother who it turns out needs you just as much? To whom are you most loyal? How do you manage conflicts between your own goals and those of your family? Eilis (Saiorse Ronan) is a middle class girl who is going up in the world. Her benefactor, the kindly Father Flood (Jim Broadbent), is almost too good to be true. After seeing Spotlight, however, it is a relief to see a priest doing good in this movie about Irish immigrants in Brooklyn.
There is fine acting all around, especially by Ronan and Broadbent and snappy line readings by Julie Walters as the acerbic boarding house owner at dinner, giving her views about everything that is basically none of her business. The costumes from the 1950s are perfect, shirtwaists, sweater sets, dress coats, gloves, as they not only dress the characters but do their share of story telling. Eilis works in a department store, and is judged back home in Ireland by what she wears, having purchased it in New York.
I loved the novel by Colm Toibin, and now the adaptation is true to the feeling of a girl coming into her own with all of the inner turmoil that entails. Kudos to the screenplay writer Nick Hornby.