Saturday, October 31, 2015
Movies for Readers: Brooklyn
This is a beautifully shot movie - the colors (especially all those pastels) and the scenery are perfect for the period in which it is placed. Brooklyn, set in 1950s Ireland and New York, is based on the popular 2009 novel of the same name by Irish author Colm Tóibín , although it should be noted that the screenplay was written by the wonderful Nick Hornby.
The basic storyline involves a young woman who, unable to find work in Ireland, is convinced by a visiting New York priest to take advantages of the job opportunities in that city. But just when she has gotten settled into her new life fallen in love, a family tragedy forces her to visit her home country. There she briefly rekindles a romance with an old boyfriend and faces pressure from her mother not to return to the United States.
This one sounds as much a coming-of-age story for the U.S. as it is for the movie's main character. Best of all, though, it appears to be a literary movie based upon a well accepted literary novel.
Movies for Readers: No. 2