Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
“From the leads to the smallest roles, the casting and acting are perfection. Ronan works wonders with this transitional role, registering the maturing process from fresh-off-the-boat naivete to first-love blossoming and, ultimately, to grown woman forced to decide what’s in her best interests. As Tony, Cohen is not only a total delight but absolutely captures a particular blend of shyness, enthusiasm and politeness toward women that disappeared in the 1960s and never came back” - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
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