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Saoirse Ronan has come a long way since her role in Atonement where she became one of the youngest people to be nominated for an Oscar and well deserved. We had the honor of attending the New York Film Festival to see the World Premiere of Brooklyn and attend the Q & A with Saoirse Ronan, the Director John Crowley and the novelist Colm Tóibín. Interestingly enough Ronan was actually born in New York to Irish Parents and when Saoirse was three, the family moved to Ireland, and she grew up in its County Carlow. I can't thing of a better choice for the lead role of Eilis Lacey as young Irish immigrant sent to America in search of a better life. At first she is overwhelmed with homesickness and greatly misses her mother and sister. She finally finds herself in a comfortable place working towards her goal of going to school to become an accountant. Life couldn't be easy for a young girl in the 1950's alone in a new country with no family connections, but Eilis eventually finds herself enjoying her new life and meets Tony played by Emory Cohen. She begins to open up and allow herself to fall in love and when things are going so well tragedy strikes her family back home. She must make the trip back home but before she does Tony declares his love and wants to marry. Eilis returns home to a much different place than when she left and suddenly there are opportunities she never had before including a love interest Jim Farrell played by Domhnall Gleeson. She spends a slight Idyll suspended between two worlds that are so very different but each leaving her torn between her future and her past. This movie is a very beautiful period piece that tells a story unlike we has seen before and from a young woman's perspective. It was hard not to be entranced by this movie with Ronan in attendance and clearly emotional from the opportunity to play such an important role for her. I was greatly moved by the commitment of the director, writing, performance and amazing production of this movie. Brooklyn will be released in theaters November 4th.


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