Staff Pick – “Brooklyn”

Mill Valley Film Festival

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Hello and welcome back!

A couple weeks ago I had some trouble with my Xfinity cable, which was really inconvenient during the Olympics, but on the up side they gave 3 months of HBO & Showtime for free.  Not bad, I’ll take it.  So I was wandering around channels last Sunday, and found “Brooklyn”.  What a delightful movie!  It was released about a year ago, and was nominated for a ton of awards, but I never saw it.  It’s based on a novel, of the same name, and I’m a bit of a snob about books made into movies (see my opinion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, don’t get me started).

As I mentioned, “Brooklyn” is based on the 2009 novel from Irish author Colm Toibin, about a girl named Eilis Lacey who comes to America, when she is unable to find work in 1950’s Ireland. Eilis (pronounced “Alish”) moves to a boarding house in Brooklyn, New York, to begin her life of independence.

I found this movie charming from start to finish.  I rooted for Eilis and her young man Tony, every step of the way.  As with all coming of age stories, this one has heartache a plenty. I hadn’t read the book, so I had no idea of plot’s twists and turns. I was captivated to see how it all worked out.

“Brooklyn”, remember the title.  I saw it on HBO, but it’s also available on Netflix, Amazon, and Apple.