From February 29 / Cert. 12
Fairy Tale of new york
A sort of anti-The Godfather, Brooklyn sees a young immigrant arrive in america and, rather than form a deadly crime syndicate, go on to be thoroughly pleasant to everybody she encounters. on paper, it sounds like a yawn: a drama populated by well-mannered people, with little in the way of incident. on screen, though, it’s delightful, so much so that this $10 million Little film that Could has ended up a contender for the Best Picture oscar.
Director John Crowley, who also shot the finale of True Detective season 2, does nifty work with his limited budget: a sea storm is simulated with only close shots and a lurching camera. But most plaudits have to go to writer nick Hornby, trimming Colm tóibín’s novel down with a sculptor’s sensitivity, and star saoirise ronan, mesmerising as good-hearted heroine Eilis Lacey.
it’s a simple coming-of-age tale, set in a city that’s coming of age itself. (in a lovely touch, new York blossoms into spring at the same time as Eilis starts to find her feet.) Her dilemma is a tough one, how to choose between two good men on different continents: goofy italian émigré tony (Emory Cohen) or wealthy Enniscorthy bachelor Jim (Domhnall Gleeson)? a million miles away from those crummy romcoms where Katherine Heigl has to learn to dump her dickhead boyfriend and get with the hunky hero, the story unfolds quietly, with elegance and empathy. as in life, sometimes, there are no easy answers: whatever she does, somebody gets hurt. though at least here, no horse loses its head. NICK De Semlyen