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[Contains some spoilers]
Set in the 1950s, a young Irish woman, named Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), emigrates to New York for a life with better prospects. Initially she misses home but gradually adapts to her new lifestyle and falls in love with Tony (Emory Cohen), an Italian plumber. When an unexpected event hits her family, Lacey decides to come back to Ireland for a short visit. Although she’s not planning to stay, she begins to settle back into her previous Irish life.
She reacquaints herself with old friends and a new love interest, played by Domhnall Gleeson, appears in her life. She is faced with the decision of a lifetime: to stay in Ireland where everything is so familiar or go back to Brooklyn, where her first love and a different life await her?
What I loved about this film is the fact that the chemistry between Eilis and Tony is natural, they actually look like a couple you might know in real life. The moments that show the journey Eilis takes to New York, then the advice she gets from a fellow traveler, are brilliant in my opinion, because they are raw, they present a reality.
Saoirse Ronan’s acting is first class: her delicate and sincere portrayal makes you think about all of Eilis’s struggles, wishing her pain will somehow ease. All in all, this film is a sweet, charming drama, with wonderful acting and plenty of touching moments. It is a splendid reminder that great stories can be told without using excessive twists and effects.