Film Review: BROOKLYN

Directed by John Crowley
Written by Nick Hornby, based on the novel by Colm Toibin
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleason, Jim Broadbent, Julie Waters, Jessica Pare

You will see very few films like BROOKLYN over the course of the year. It almost stubbornly refuses to stray from the quiet text of Col Toibin, which tells a fairly ordinary story of young Irish woman (Ronan) who comes to the United States in the early fifties when she cannot find work at home. Unlike ANGELA’s ASHES, there are no great tribulations and little conflict in Eilis’ story. Instead we get what was probably the experience of many immigrants: some homesickness, adjustment to another culture, help from the neighborhood priest and new friends, and eventually romance and success in her new country. Can a film succeed with no villains, no real adversity? I think so when it’s as well made and well acted at this one. And what a nice respite from out autumn’s troubles.

Patti Abbott
In addition to being the Crimespree Senior Film Critic, Patti has penned numerous short stories and her debut novel, CONCRETE ANGEL, is in stores now. She hosts a look at Forgotten Books every Friday with readers, writers and reviewers at She hopes you’ll join in.