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Why 'Brooklyn' is a must-see film

Why 'Brooklyn' is a must-see film
Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson star in "Brooklyn." (Kerry Brown / Twentieth Century Fox)

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.

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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.

More specifically, it tells the story of young woman named Eilis Lacey who emigrates from Ireland to that celebrated New York borough in 1951 and ends up contending with homesickness, culture shock and romantic involvements as she makes her way to becoming herself. Being a witness to that journey is both a privilege and a pleasure.

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