By the 1950s, the waves of Irish immigrants to the US had slowed a bit from what it had been in the late 1800s, but there was still a steady stream.
New York City had long been the destination of choice. Brooklyn, based on the award winning 2009 novel by Colm Tóibín, as one can gather from the title follows one immigrant from Ireland to the more working class part of the city.
Saoirse Ronan, who had her breakthrough in the film Atonement, carries the film as Eilis Lacey, a woman who finds no opportunities at home and travels by herself across the Atlantic to the title destination.
The story itself breaks little in the way of new ground, but the handling of the fish out of water material makes it seem fresh, which is an accomplishment.
To read the full review, visit The Prague Post. Brooklyn will be shown in Bulgaria as part of the Sofia International Film Festival in March.
(Still of Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen in Brooklyn. Photo by Kerry Brown – © 2015 – Fox Searchlight Pictures)