The film follows the story of Ellis (Saoirse Ronan), a young woman living in Ireland. She leaves the country in search of a better life, and this brings her to New York, where she's staying in a small apartment with a group of other young women, led by Mrs. Kehoe (Julie Walters). She gets a job at a local shop and in her spare time, she even participates in some local Irish activities. While at a dance one night, Ellis meets Tony (Emory Cohen), an Italian who takes quite a fancy to her. The two start to go out on dates, and before they know it, they're in love, spending as much time together as they can. Soon, however, a tragic event occurs, causing Ellis to come back to Ireland for a short time. It's here she meets Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson), another man who she shares feelings for. She's now torn between two men and two different countries, and must make the decision to live at just one of them.
I still don't have an explanation for this. Perhaps it's because the plot was beginning to be put into full effect, and this plot kept on going right up until the film's final shot, or perhaps it was because I was enjoying spending time with these characters. The more I stayed with them, the more I liked it. So, if this film fails to grab you from the word go, don't fret. Don't even pause it. Just keep going. Stick with these characters and this story as it will get better. When the film's credits roll, you will understand why I, and many others, enjoyed this film so much.
This film moved me, and that's mostly thanks to its beautiful script. Written by Nick Hornby, the man who wrote Wild, High Fidelity and About A Boy, and based on the book by Colm Tóibín, Brooklyn may be simple in terms of plot, but the plot never stops, just constantly providing the audience with something else to latch onto. There's always something new going on, and at times, these new events are triggered by a heartbreaking one, the film putting me on the brink of tears multiple times. It's a touching tale of love, home and family, and while I wasn't entirely sure how I'd feel about it when going in, I loved it by the time it finished.