Brooklyn

Brooklyn

DVD - 2016
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An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Publisher: [Beverly Hills, CA] : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD F BRO
Characteristics: video file, DVD video, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda

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AmyEighttrack
Aug 22, 2017

Satisfying story of a woman's slightly convoluted journey to Independence and maturity. Beautiful cinematography and settings.

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Booksss14
Aug 19, 2017

Very, very good. I love Saoirse Ronan's accent... :) I also love the clothes. I have a weakness for the 50's.

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tkarlin
Jul 31, 2017

A sweet, heartfelt film that will engage you fully while you are watching and stay with you for days after. Suitable for multi-generational audiences - my 80+ year-old mother loved it. Also timely, as it offers a point of comparison for the immigration experience from 70 years ago. Don't miss it!

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dtrib
Jul 22, 2017

This is a beautifully shot, engaging movie. Nominated for best picture in 2015 for good reason. My wife and I both liked this movie.

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HenryBurr
Apr 22, 2017

Perhaps this film should have been titled "Ireland", rather than "Brooklyn." While her cultural adaptation takes place in the borough, there is little if any internal conflict, other than the somewhat expected and almost predictable home sickness. The real angst seems to arise upon her return to Ireland, which really presents the viewer with the first real sense of angst.
Nothing wrong with this particular plot twist, but it seems slightly disingenuous to use Brooklyn as the supposed main setting while the real drama is taking place in Ireland. Surely there would be enough frictions and conflicts in New York to warrant the title.
All things told, we found it to be a bit slow and a bit too neat. Another case of "I'm glad we didn't pay 12 bucks to see this at a theater....."

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young162
Mar 20, 2017

I found it interesting that one of the commentators couldn't understand the conflict Eilis experienced in this film. It was the most fundamental conflict possible - changing from a culture that she knew to an unknown one with all the changes that involved; not to mention the sea-sickness - the most wretched feeling in the world ! She was a young girl leaving her family and all her security. I guess its something to do with roots, culture and personality, as I experienced some of the same feelings when I left Scotland and I could absolutely identify with her. I loved the film !

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Biblitz
Mar 19, 2017

Nothing at all wrenching in this almost too sweet tale of a kinder, gentler time. The only thing missing was the '50s privacy fade-out before the now mandatory Hollywood huff 'n puff that so reduces intimacy.

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ScorchingSun
Mar 14, 2017

Torn between two worlds. Love, homesickness, filial duty, all rivals in a wrenching choice.
Saoirse Ronan gives a subtle but strong performance.

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prbhattarai
Feb 26, 2017

Simple and sweet love story..

Like CAROL, this is a period piece set in the New York City of the early 1950s. Except in the case of BROOKLYN, it's the story of a conventional young Irish immigrant working girl, not an aspiring young lesbian photographer. BROOKLYN is a good-girl-in-a frock-coat drama that succeeds by making the viewer wonder towards the end of the film if the girl is in fact good. Saoirse Ronan is radiantly beautiful and pitch perfect in her performance. This is an excellent movie.

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tinybookworm
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.

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jimg2000
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.
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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.
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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.

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jimg2000
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.
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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.

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jimg2000
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.
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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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