"Brooklyn," one of the best movies of 2015 (tells an Irish story)
June 10, 2016 10:59am CST
In the 1950s, the Irish economy was at a standstill and 50,000 people immigrated to the United States. About 25% of them laded in New York. That is according to a Time Magazine article I read when I was checking movie authenticity. Many of these people were women. The movie "Brooklyn," did not win the Best Picture Oscar. It was beat out by the more contemporary story shown in "Spotlight." But "Brooklyn" tells a compelling story of that Irish immigration through the life of a young woman, Eilis, played by the beautiful and very talented Saoirse Ronan. She typifies these young women, coming to America, assisted by the Catholic church with jobs, education and places to live, mostly in Brooklyn. She works in a big department store, lives in a boarding house with other Irish girls and meets a nice Italian boy at a parish dance. Homesickness almost overcomes Eilis, and her beloved sister in Ireland dies. But, no more details. If you have not seen this movie, I recommend it with a four star rating. If you saw "Brooklyn", what did you think? Image is Pixabay Public domain of a Brooklyn street
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• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun 16
This sounds my sort of film. Vince's two grandmothers came out to Australia on the same sailing ship, two of a group of girls under the charge of a matron/chaperone. One was a seamstress and one a monitor (sort of teacher). Later the son of one would marry the daughter of the other. It would have been such a life-changing experience for these young girls.
• United States
11 Jun 16
I thought about seeing it, especially since a couple of years ago I discovered that I am 37% Irish. But it took place far after my ancestors came here (mid 16th century), so I figured it really had nothing to do with my family history. Looks like I missed a good movie though.