At the Movies: Brooklyn

Brooklyn-Movie

I recently had the opportunity to view an advance screening to view the new film Brooklyn, which is opening tomorrow in Boston. I had watched the trailer and was looking forward to a night out at the movies. I anticipated a cute and entertaining movie, but left the theatre feeling inspired, hopeful, and touched. I would definitely recommend checking out Brooklyn, especially if you love historical dramas.

The film follows the story of a young woman, Eilis Lacey, played by Academy Award-nominated Saoirse Ronan, who leaves Ireland in search of a better life. Eilis’ journey had special resonance for me as my father is a first generation immigrant and my mother’s family immigrated from Ireland a few generations ago – like so many Bostonians!

I don’t want to give too much away, but witnessing Eilis’ coming of age and her vulnerability felt very intimate. As described in The New York Times review, it is a “quiet, observant movie…its gentle nostalgia feels honest and unforced“. The film really delved into the meaning of home and the conflict many immigrants might have between the new and old.

This post is made possible by support from Fox Searchlight Pictures. As always, all opinions are my own.

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  1. (!!!!!!) This film looks a-mazing. Can’t wait to see it!