DVD - 2015
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It is the emotional tale of Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant building a new life in 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland for the shores of New York City and is soon swept up by the intoxicating charms of new love. But when her new life is disrupted by her past, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Publisher: Toronto : Mongrel Media, [2015]
Branch Call Number: BRO
Characteristics: 1 dvd (112 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm


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Nov 27, 2020

This story reminds me of a situation I was in when I visited another country and relatives there wanted me to stay and teach English for a living. I was torn. I returned home but part of me was still there. I remember thinking, I don't know how immigrants do it, going back and forth between two countries visiting relatives, leaving relatives. Since we're a nation of immigrants, this story must ring true for many.

Feb 22, 2020

I grew up in the 1950s so it brought back a lot of memories for me. Oh those days of wearing nylons before pantyhose was invented. Women wore dresses and i dont remember if dress pants were even available for women. Most everyone went to church. And there were always dances on the weekend where people socialized. You got invited to dinner at someones house all the time. A different time. A much slower pace of life than today.

Nov 25, 2019

When I saw this for the first time I loved it so much that I couldn't wait to see it again. I should have left well enough alone. The second time it seemed to drag and I didn't enjoy it much at all. That being said, it's worth seeing once. Loved the ending but I wish it had been flushed out more.

Mar 14, 2019

I appreciated this movie more the second time I watched it as I could concentrate more on the details of the movie rather than thinking about what was going to happen next. The acting was great. The story was believable. I appreciated seeing some of Ireland.

Oct 19, 2018

Rated 6/10. A slightly above average drama set in the 1950s. Unfortunately, the rushed ending spoiled it for me. After an incident, the decisions the main character made then did not ring true.

Overall, the acting and the sets were fine. It's too bad, it could have been so much better.

Jul 17, 2018

Directed by John Crowley in 2015 based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Irish author Colm Tóibín, this romantic drama depicts the story of a young Irish woman who immigrates to Brooklyn, where she falls in love.
It turnes out to be one of those predictable love stories.
That's a life---nothing particularly unusual.
I expected a much more tragic love story.

Jun 09, 2018

I'm not much of a movie watcher ... I either fall asleep or fast forward or give up entirely. This movie held my interest & was different in some ways, so I recommend it to others like me who want something a little different. Good acting; nice scenes of Ireland & New York.

May 22, 2018

It was okay with some twists and surprises at every turn; However, I fail to comprehend how this simple film was nominated for those academy awards? Anyhow, it was a slow start but picked up later. The lead actress was good.
Overall a fairly good movie worth patiently watching with a good story line and sets.

Apr 24, 2018

A slow start I'll admit, but stick with it. This is a beautiful and moving story of love. Not just romantic love, but love for family and one's country as well. I cried multiple times and most movies don't make me cry anymore. Saoirse Ronan did an amazing job as always.

Mar 21, 2018

VERY GOOD 2015 romantic film with Saoirise Ronan as Irish immigrant in 50's New York.

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May 05, 2016

I liked this movie very much. I thought Saoirse Ronan's acting was wonderful and it was a nice story about leaving home and realizing what you want from life.

Apr 25, 2016

Ellis: You remember that after I had dinner at your house, you told me you loved me? Well, I didn't really know what to say. But I know what to say now. I have thought about you, and I like you. And I like being with you. And... maybe I feel the same way. So the next time you tell me you love me, if there is a next time... I'll say I love you too.
Jim: And I've never been anywhere. I've never even been to England but I'd like to see London and Paris and Rome. New York. It frightens me, the idea of dying without ever leaving Ireland.
Eilis: I'd forgotten.
Nancy: What?
Eilis: This.
Nancy: You have beaches in Brooklyn.
Eilis: Yes, but they're just very crowded.
Nancy: There'll probably be quite a few walkers along here later.
Eilis: Yes. It's still not the same.

Apr 25, 2016

Georgina: This is hell. Never again. ... The mistake was coming home from America in the first place. I'd do anything to get out of this horrible cabin. ... Have your bags ready for inspection. Don't look too innocent, though. I'll put some rouge and mascara on you. Perhaps a little eye liner. Stand up straight. Polish your shoes. And don't cough, whatever you do. Don't be rude or pushy, but don't look too nervous. Think like an American. You have to know where you're going.
Mrs. Keogh: I'll tell you this much: I am going to ask Father Flood to preach a sermon on the dangers of giddiness. I now see that giddiness is the eighth deadly sin. A giddy girl is every bit as evil as a slothful man, and the noise she makes is a lot worse.

Apr 25, 2016

Father Flood: I'm so sorry, Eilis. This is all my fault. I was led to believe that you didn't need looking after. Franco Bartocci says you're doing great here. Ma Kehoe says you're the nicest lodger she's ever had. ... I'd forgotten just how bad it feels to be away from home. All I can say is that it will pass. Homesickness is like most sicknesses. It'll make you feel wretched and then it'll move on to somebody else.
Eilis: You have to think like an American. You'll feel so homesick that you'll want to die, and there's nothing you can do about it apart from endure it. But you will, and it won't kill you. And one day the sun will come out - you might not even notice straight away, it'll be that faint. And then you'll catch yourself thinking about something or someone who has no connection with the past. Someone who's only yours. And you'll realize... that this is where your life is.

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