Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) is having a tough time in Ireland – there’s not much work, she can’t seem to find a decent gentleman, she just feels like she doesn’t fit in. Then her older sister, Nancy (Eileen O’Higgins) arranges for passage for Eilis to New York, along with accommodation and a job. In Brooklyn, land of the Irish, Eilis defeats severe homesickness and starts to make a new life. But just as she is finding love with a handsome Italian-American, Tony (Emory Cohen), she is forced to return home for a visit, and finds it to be a totally different place. Tough decisions need to be made.
I quite liked the film, but I can’t say I loved it. Saoirse Ronan was very good in the role of Eilis, however, I felt absolutely no chemistry between her and either of the men in the film. I felt that there were parts of the film that were supposed to show that Eilis had grown and changed as a character, but I found that she was repressed and so tightly wound, and that didn’t change. It was interesting, but didn’t blow me away.