9 October 2017


  • Director: John Crowley
  • Based on the book by Colm Tóibín
  • Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emery Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Saoirse Ronan – Atonement, Hanna
    • Domhnall Gleeson – Star Wars the Force Awakens, Ex Machina, About Time, Harry Potter, True Grit, Never Let Me Go
    • Julie Walters – The Hollow Crown, Harry Potter, Mamma Mia, One Chance, Becoming Jane, Driving Lessons, Wah-Wah, Canterbury Tales, Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot, Titanic Town, Intimate Relations, Prick Up Your Ears, Educating Rita
    • Jim Broadbent – Lady in the Van, Filth, the Harry Potter films, Another Year, The Young Victoria, Vera Drake, Gangs of New York, Moulin Rouge, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Topsy-Turvy, Little Voice, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Richard III, The Crying Game, Enchanted April, Life Is Sweet, Black Adder, Brazil
  • Why? Good book, Saoirse Ronan
  • Seen: 7 October 2017 with YW and Hal in our read-book-see-film group      

       Eilis leaves her beloved sister Rose, her mother and her small Irish town and immigrates to Brooklyn in the 1950’s.
       Quiet, shy Eilis has a difficult time with small talk and glamour, both of which are demanded of her in Brooklyn. She lives for letters from home. She starts night school to become a bookkeeper and helps her sponsor Father Flood serve Christmas dinner to lonely old Irish labourers who built America but now have nothing. Her homesickness is severe. Then she meets Tony.
       Hal asked, ‘How are they going to make a film of this book? Nothing happens!’
       That’s its strength. The quiet joys and sorrows of immigration, of trying to find a new identity, a new home, of being torn between two worlds, of naivety and being caught up by one’s own cowardly secrets are carried by a strong cast and meticulous period settings and clothing. Ronan is unrecognisable as the young killer spy Hanna but just as good as Eilis. Julie Walters steals the show as the acerbic eccentrically religious warm-hearted boarding house landlady.

3 ½ * of 5   

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