Based on Colm Tóibin's novel with the same name the historical drama is very interesting because it portrays the anguish of immigrants being torn between the country they have left behind and the one they have started afresh at.
Apart from homesickness it focuses on such issues like loneliness, strength of character, intelligence as one acclimates to life in a different surrounding and love choices, amongst many others.
Saoirse Ronan's interpretation of a 1952 young lady from a small village in Southeast Ireland is next to none and has therefore been highly acclaimed worlwide together with many of her film co-actors and actresses', but I feel that what mostly takes hold of viewers' attention is the fact that each scene is framed in an almost intimate way creating a rather special bond between us as "outsiders" and those on the screen as the story unfolds.
"This charming film is admirably scripted, shot and acted." - Paul Guest
"Brooklyn butresses outstanding performances from Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen with a rich period drama that tugs at the heartstrings as deftly as it satisfies the mind." - Troy Putland