True to its publicity poster, this movie is a gem, “a joy from start to finish”.
Based on Colm Toibin’s novel of the same name, the story is about a young Irish girl called Eilis (played by Saoirse Ronan, whom I’m watching for the first time and am very impressed by how well she conveys her character, not only in how well she speaks her lines, but also with her face and body).
It is about Eilis’ journey to Brooklyn, about her emigration, about her homesickness, about what it means to belong, about discovering what she needs and the necessity to let her old self die so that a new one can emerge.
Two statements stand out:
- You have to know what you need and where you are going.
- Treat every customer like a friend so she’ll be back again. Don’t just try. It’s something you must do.
The music used throughout the movie is lovely and appropriately used; whether it’s piano or violin solo, contemplative or soothing, pensive or melancholic, light-hearted or stately. There are many Irish and traditional songs throughout and the two classical pieces that I love the most are:
- J S Bach’s Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring (when Eilis married her Italian boyfriend at Brooklyn’s Registry of Marriages);
- Pachelbel’s Canon In D at a friend’s wedding in Ireland.