When I see a period film with immigrants who go to “America” in search of a better life, it comes to my memory, how could it be otherwise, photographs that were in my grandparents’ house.
And in particular, in the house of my maternal grandparents where Argentina and Italy mixed to such an extent that it was difficult to know where we were. Although they did not talk much about the early years in an unknown country and far from their homeland.
That generation of immigrants seemed detached from their roots but nothing could be further from that. It was enough to be present at a Sunday lunch and there was Italy, from head to toe.
Over the years I became more and more convinced that they were not talking about their country and their “paese” (“their people”) because nostalgia prevented them from saying a single word.
In this case, Brooklyn immerses us in the life of Irish immigrants in the United States in the middle of the 20th century and in particular in the life of Eilis, a young woman who leaves her home to start a new life in Brooklyn.
There they wait for her in a boarding house that, from across the ocean, a priest found her. Little by little, the young woman begins to know what life is like and how other girls her age can be, although she is restrained by the owner of the pension and by the Irish / American priest who serves as her guide.
But at a dance he meets a boy from an Italian family, Tony, who begins to frequent; they fall in love and begin to live a tender love story together.
Eilis he had his mother and older sister in Ireland, with whom he frequently wrote. One morning the lady goes to wake up her daughter and finds her lifeless. This abrupt, sudden and sad change forces young people to make an important decision.
Brooklyn It is a film that leads us to melancholy, although we do not know exactly why.
I remember that once a co-worker told me what he had experienced living in a small town in the south of Argentina. Those towns that inadvertently absorb, little by little, the lives of their inhabitants. A kind of “White Town”, do you remember the song by Jto Manuel Serrat? Well the hometown of Eilis it was like that and she needed to go back to open the eyes of her heart and decide which path to take in her life.
The cast of Brooklyn is the following: Saoirse Ronan (“Hanna”, “Little Women” -2019-) como Eilis, Emory Cohen (“The OA”, “Killerman”) como Tony, Domhnall Gleeson (“Harry Potter” -the saga-, “Star Wars”) como Jim Farrell, Jim Broadbent (“Moulin Rouge”, “Harry Potter” -la saga-) como Father Flood, Fiona Glascott (“Supervized”, “Episodes”) como Rose Lacey and Julie Walters (“Mamma Mia!”, “Harry Potter” -the saga-) como Mrs. Kehoe, among other actors.
Saoirse Ronan, one of the best actresses in circulation is the protagonist of Brooklyn
The screenwriter is an old acquaintance among those of us who love cinema: Nick Hornby (“High Fidelity” -the movie and the series-, “Wild”). The script is based on the eponymous book by the Irish writer Colm Tóibín (n.1955).
The director is John Crowley (“True Detective” -2015-, “The Goldfinch”).
Brooklyn He had several Bafta Award, Golden Globe, and Oscar nominations. In the latter, it was nominated in the categories Best Film, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The duration of the film is 117 minutes. In Spain you can find it to rent and buy on various platforms, just like in the United States.
Colm Tóibín’s book
As for the book, there are very few differences with respect to the film, even some dialogues seem traced.
The biggest difference is that Eilis has siblings who live in England, in addition to his mother and his sister Rose in his hometown. On the other hand, in the film, only the mother and sister are present.
Reading is light and fast. For those who have seen the film before, it is like seeing it again, which helps a lot when it comes to visualizing the characters in the mind.
In the end they will find the biggest difference, but I can’t say more without doing spoiler and I don’t like the spoilers.
Colm Tóibín (Enniscorthy, 1955) is a writer, editor and contemporary Irish literary critic. “Brooklyn” and “The Master” are his most famous works.
Other of his books are: “Hoyse of Names”, “The Testament of Mary”, “The empty family stories” and “A guest at the party”.
If you want to know more about this author, you can visit his official Web site.
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Brooklyn (2015), direct transport to melancholy