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3.2
1,326 Ratings

Brooklyn

Directed by John Crowley
Ireland, United Kingdom, 2015
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Synopsis

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

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Brooklyn Directed by John Crowley

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2016 | 3 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | 3 nominations including: Best Actress

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | 2nd place: Best Lead Actress

2015 | 5 nominations including: Best Film

BAFTA Awards

2016 | Winner: Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film

2016 | 5 nominations including: Best Leading Actress

Everything in Crowley’s movie hangs on Saoirse Ronan’s performance as Eilis. Again and again the director and his cinematographer Yves Bélanger return to close-ups of Ronan, and she’s as clear as rainwater; the smallest emotions move across her face and are plainly legible. Brooklyn at heart is a women’s picture, that staple of mid-century cinema in which a woman must choose her path in life, and the film adapts the genre’s traditions splendidly.
January 06, 2016
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Saoirse Ronan carries each luminous frame of John Crowley’s sublime immigrant romance, her every downward glance and tentative smile teasing out a complete dramatic arc with the sort of delicacy rarely entrusted to an audience anymore. You don’t just follow a young Irishwoman across the Atlantic in this movie; you are ushered into a world of pure, unforced feeling, where the difficulties of settling down in a foreign land reveal every moment of humor, kindness and beauty for the gift that it is.
December 17, 2015
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The music was a real problem, and was trying to make the film something it wasn’t. Like you, what I warmed to in Brooklyn, alongside the nostalgic depictions of the borough, was the fact that it didn’t take any of the melodramatic paths that the initial setting provided for it. There was no logic of inexorable suffering and cruelty, and no Manichaean division between good and evil characters, victims and villains. [Virtually] everyone in the film was essentially good-natured, albeit flawed.
December 16, 2015
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