Kenneth Turan

Why 'Brooklyn' is a must-see film

Why 'Brooklyn' is a must-see film

A godsend for audiences who hunger for rich emotion but despair of it being presented with wit, grace and not a trace of sentimentality, "Brooklyn" illustrates the power of restraint in dealing with poignant, impassioned material.

If it's not on your list of must-see films, it should be.

Impeccably directed by John Crowley, feelingly adapted by Nick Hornby from Colm Tóibín's fine novel and blessed with heartstopping work from star Saiorse Ronan and all the rest of the cast, "Brooklyn" is about love and heartache, loneliness and intimacy, what home means and how we achieve it.