(7,383)7.51 h 51 min2015X-RayPG-13
In this charming love story based on the best-selling novel, a young Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) travels to New York City and is torn between two countries and two men.
John Crowley
Saoirse RonanDomhnall GleesonEmory Cohen
English [CC]
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LichenReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
An absolutely beautiful story and film.
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I don't give five stars easily. This was an absolutely beautiful little film. Saoirse Ronan is very good in the lead, as are the supporting cast. It's a story that many viewers may know well - about a young person who, with utter confidence, makes a decision to immigrate to another country and culture, only to find that home haunts you for months, and the homesickness you experience is nothing like you expected. It is nearly unbearable. And then the biggest surprise . . . that you are missing a ghost, because home doesn't ever stay the way we left it; it changes and disappears and something else takes its place. Things are never the way you remember. If you have ever experienced this, you may do what I did and cry like a child throughout the film. If you haven't, you may see immigration differently. At any rate it will make you think about the meaning of "home" - is it the past? The familiar? Is it a person you can't live without? Is "home" ultimately what you make it? Don't miss this one.
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MeemeReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sensitive Movie---NOT a Hallmark Movie!
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I don't like Hallmark Movies and was afraid that's what this was going to be. But it was an extremely touching movie and very well acted. Very realistic.

A young, rather plain Irish girl with no job opportunities and a lackluster social life, in a small tight Irish town, moves to Brookland, NY. A job, a place to live, and opportunity is provided for her before she sets out, courtesy of a priest a friend knows. We quietly watch as this reserved girl finds her way in a strange, new, bustling world amongst the forward and bold American culture. We feel her intimidation, inexperience and fear; we experience the raw, emotional pain of homesickness and the loneliness of being so far away from home. She falls in love with an Italian young man who adores her; she blossoms into a lovely young woman and takes night classes to obtain a bookkeeping certificate with the aim of bettering herself. All is going well until her sister suddenly dies and she is called back home to Ireland to be with her distraught mother.

Before going back to Ireland, she quickly marries her Italian boyfriend and sets off for a one-month visit. While there fond memories of childhood and her homeland pull her heart back to the familiarity of home. Because her mother is so grateful for, and dependent on, her for care and happiness, Ailish doesn't tell her immediately that she's married. Through well-meaning friends, she spends some platonic time with a young unworldly, kind Irish man and finds herself growing to love him also. She doesn't go "over the line" with him, but there is an obvious emotional struggle that both confuses and frightens her. Should she go back to America to be with her husband and a country so foreign and still new to her; yet bursting with excitement and opportunity? Or stay where everything is familiar and quiet and where her lifelong memories, friendships and mother is. Everything is the same, and yet everything is so different for her upon her return. Because of her certificate and sophistication, new opportunities open to her at home; and the possibility of love could be hers. This only confuses her more and increases the struggle. She doesn't love her husband any less and misses him; but the attraction and love for a kindly man---different than her good husband---must be dealt with. It's a struggle that is hard but very human. An incident makes up her mind for her, and at the end we are convinced it was the right choice to make.

It's a beautiful story and very sensitively directed. One poster commented there was too much nudity. They must be mistaking it with another movie because there was NO nudity whatsoever. It wasn't that kind of movie and the director didn't mess it up by forcing it unnecessarily into the movie as is done so often. I so appreciated that.

There was a sexual scene that was NOT graphic, but would be too old for teens. A couple of swear words. I'm shocked this was referred to as a "horrible" movie. If you're into sex, violence, and gripping adrenaline, you may not like this. I like some adrenaline, but also introspective movies that touch the heart and draw me into the emotions of the main character. This is one of those movies. It is not at all sappy. I'm surprised I've never heard of this movie. It deserves more attention.
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Haiti loverReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Lacks heart
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Alright, full disclosure: I am a man, so a movie that includes many scenes of quiet women writing thoughtful letters to each other about their feelings may not have been intended for me.
Still, I'm an open-minded viewer and the movie touched on topics that are meaningful to me: as an immigrant: which country are you a part of, in the end? What happens when loved ones die overseas and you can't be there?
In the end, this is the kind of movie where I spent a lot of time looking at my watch, in part because the pace is deliberate; in part because Saoirse Ronan's acting style is very understated; and mostly because the director never really made me care about the main character, who is an an Irish immigrant to Brooklyn, NY in the 1950s.
For most of the movie, she is not an agent of her destiny: her decision to immigrate is not really hers, her job is picked by someone else, and the two romantic interests pursue her while she's holding back. Even at the end of the movie, when the pace finally picks up and she has to make THE big decision between her two suitors (and which country she wants to live in), she only makes her decision because (I can't say too much here) someone else leaves her no choice.
She came across to me as a tad cold, apathetic, and also cruel in the way she led both men on. Not the kind of character I want to spend a couple hours with!
Otherwise, it's a beautifully shot period piece. I just wish it had a heart.
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Steve BenedictReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the many ways that our country was built
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We are peculiar nation: is there any nation in the world like us? That was built by such a variety of peoples?

The native Americans have their own story of incredible hardship, but the rest of us also have tales of sacrifice and work...coming from distant lands. Some stories are harrowing and heroic struggles for survival. Some arrived in chains. Some died, or nearly did, on the frontier. Some worked in dangerous sweat shops. Some died in industrial accidents. Some died from epidemics or in child birth or in wars.

But for others, it was not so bad: this is one of those stories. But even not so bad means leaving everything that you have known and loved, and coming to a place so different and so strange. Seldom if ever seeing beloved relatives...and not being there for their weddings or funerals. And yet, persevering and working to build up.

I think that we are throwing all of that away...all of the sacrifice of our ancestors. We are depleting the capital of all that they built up. Countries do not live and grow if the do not have children...and we are below replacement rate. Deficit spending cannot continue indefinitely. Countries cannot thrived if they are twisted by self-hate.

We are a varied people, and we must re-learn to value each other or we will follow the path of every other great nation in the history of the world.
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AraliReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best romantic movies EVER!!
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I rarely write movie reviews but this little gem was so well acted and directed that I felt compelled to do so. Eilis (pronounced Ay-lish) Lacey is a young woman with little prospects in her native Ireland so her older sister secures, with the help of a priest, a position for her as a shopgirl in America. Ellis is heartbroken to leave her family but necessity forces her to leave home for the hustle and bustle of New York. She is able to continue her studies at nights and on weekends goes to the dance hall to socialize.

The beauty of this movie is in its simple storyline. One might think that a new immigrant tolling along in America is just one of many, yet here it is taken with such care that you can compare it to a blooming flower---soft and fragile, giving up its secrets as it opens up. This isn't pushed. It happens on its own terms, leading you along until the very end. You realize that you are holding your breath all along, expecting heartbreak or indescribable joy. I can only credit this to the outstanding talent of director John Crowley and the heartrending performances of Saoirse Ronan, as Eilis, and newcomer Emory Cohen, as Tony. Cohen's work in this film is so good, in fact, that he has been lauded as a young Marlon Brando or Johnny Depp. This is the perfect romantic movie to watch with your special someone. It takes your breath away.
21 people found this helpful
Donald H.Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
College-bound Irish girl comes to America for a better life
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Living in Brooklyn, working at a retail store, Bartocci's (akin to Saks Fifth Avenue), does not displace the loneliness and heartache from being separated from her mother and sister, Rose, back in Ireland. Eilis is staying at a boarding house (dormitory) with prim and proper roommates. Acting as her tutor, she is taught etiquette and pizazz that put her on par with them. She takes to it easily. At Brooklyn College, she is studying to become an accountant, and she flourishes there. The Friday night dances are the highlight of the week as in a Jane Austen novel. She develops an intimate relationship with Tony Fiorello, her direct opposite. He's blue collar (a plumber), Italian, and not her intellectual equal. He looks up to her and respects her, and that is what's important to Eilis. After the sudden loss of her sister, Eilis returns home to Ireland to grieve with her mother. In this small, close-knit town, everyone knows everyone else, and they band together to do everything in their power to dissuade Eilis from leaving, a second time. She is introduced to and begins dating Jim Farell, "a catch for someone" her mother states. In addition, she is offered and accepts an accounting job at a local company. A stack of unopened, unanswered letters from Tony accumulate in her dresser drawer. The question becomes - will she stay in Ireland or return to Brooklyn? An immensely heartfelt drama for all the characters involved!
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MKReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Super annoying
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Super annoying! The fact that she leads another man on emotionally when she’s married and then they make her out to be the hero and they make the shopkeeper out to be a mean old lady when the shopkeeper calls out her moral failings is twisted. Also, it wasn’t necessary for them to have sex outside of marriage a few days before they get married especially since both of them are Catholic and this is the 1950s? I mean in the 1950s it’s fairly plausible that two Catholics would wait three days and after they got married, but then they didn’t even get married in the Church? And that particular sex scene was unnecessary and went on to long even if they didn’t really show complete nakedness. Why do movie makers do that? I mean they could’ve made a more interesting movie without that.
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bethReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Highly recommended
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Although the film's plot is fairly predictable, it does not decrease the film's sentimentality and feel-good feelings. Centered around one Irish's woman's struggle for independence as a 1950's immigrant in America, the film highlights the Irish woman's inner battle for fulfilling her personal wants versus fulfilling her family obligations as a daughter and sister. The movie starts with a scared, young, unaccompanied, Irish female immigrant traveling to America. Then, the movie shows her growth as an American working woman seeking an accounting degree, better employment, and a successful relationship. The Irish woman's inner conflict begins when she temporarily leaves her loving, supportive American husband and promising, new accounting position to take care of her sick, needy mother in Ireland. After crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Irish woman dutifully performs her role as her mother's caregiver. During her stay, the movie juxtaposes her future life in America against her future possibilities in Ireland. The married woman is intrigued by the romantic advancements from a handsome, wealthy Irishman. As she imagines her life as the wife of a rich Irish husband, she is offered a challenging accounting position. Now she must decide between the two countries' offerings. Which will she take?
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