John Crowley’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín ‘s novel is a simple and wonderfully prescient film about immigration. Saoirse Ronan plays Eilis, the Irish girl who takes a chance to leave behind provincial small-town attitudes and move to Brooklyn, where she encounters a gallery of character from her tough department store boss to Julie Walters as a scatty landlady. Romance blossoms with a local plumber, but when tragedy strikes back home, Eilis is forced to return to Ireland and suddenly NYC seems like a long way away. A timely reminder of the immigration experiences that America is based on, Brooklyn is an affecting and thoughtful drama that never slips into melodrama. Like it’s determined heroine, Brooklyn plots a careful course on the way to a rewarding end.