Pasatiempo - - MOVING IMAGES - (Molly Boyle)

In 1950s Ire­land, the for­ward-think­ing Rose (Fiona Glas­cott) has ar­ranged for her younger sis­ter Eilis (Saoirse Ro­nan) to go to Brook­lyn out of ne­ces­sity — Eilis can’t find a de­cent job, and there are few other prospects for her in Ire­land. In New York, Eilis set­tles into a new life, liv­ing in a board­ing­house teem­ing with other, brasher young Ir­ish women. She’s in­tro­verted and home­sick, weep­ing over her sis­ter’s let­ters — un­til she meets Tony (an adorable Emory Co­hen), an Ital­ian-Amer­i­can plumber who’s sweet on Ir­ish girls and loves the Brook­lyn Dodgers. Such a con­ven­tional plot would be slight in other hands, and though Nick Hornby’s screen­play is more sen­ti­men­tal than the Colm Tóibín novel it’s based on, the film — in the run­ning for the Academy Award for Best Pic­ture — never dips into trea­cly ter­ri­tory. The rea­son for that is Best Ac­tress Os­car-nom­i­nee Ro­nan, whose steely, un­demon­stra­tive per­for­mance ca­pa­bly an­chors the story.

Rated PG-13. 111 min­utes. Vi­o­let Crown.

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