Good performances and a setting and story I really enjoyed. Certainly the lead makes a decision that could be discussed with other viewers of the film, and I'm not entirely sure where I fall with it. Except I think ultimately she acted very much like a real person would, rather than a film character. So I understand her from a human point of view. We're not always as neat and tidy as film characters can be. Loved it.
It is unbelievable how Saoirse Rona's becoming more and more of a superstar. With plenty of memorable acts already n her dish, she has now become a real chameleon of acting in just 21. Her couple with Emory Cohen has a chemistry in Brooklyn that will take you all that 2 hours deep into their romance and carry you around as if you are in the middle of a Jane Austin novel. It is the little delight of the year.
An old fashioned story told really well. Outstanding performance from Ronan and a director that captures every glance, every knowing look, every aspect of the emotional intelligence which she brings to the film, which really captures the existential crisis of a person who lives in two parts of the world. Much better than the usual chocolate box period dramas that the Usk seems to make on a conveyor belt.
I thought this was a really beautiful film, I think everybody can relate to the central choice posed to Eilis, the choice between the comforts of home and sacrificing that to strive for a better life. An outstanding central performance by Saoirse Ronan, aesthetically it doesn't put a foot wrong and a genuinely heartwarming film in the most understated way.