Brooklyn is Everything a Romantic Movie Should Be

It’s hard to find good romantic movies. Often we are caught between unrealistic sappiness and crude comedy. But Brooklyn rises above those sub-genres. It is cute, romantic, clever, and thoughtful. It shows love through struggling and suffering, but it still warms our hearts, making us hope we can achieve something this beautiful.

BROOKLYN, from left: Emory Cohen, Saoirse Ronan, 2015. ph: Kerry Brown/TM and ©Copyright Fox
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­­­­Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) is an Irish immigrant who leaves her sister and widowed mother to move to Brooklyn, New York, and make a life for herself. Eilis gets a job in a department store and goes to school to learn bookkeeping.

Eilis begins her journey with reserved anticipation, hopeful for the exciting life she may find in the New York. But she soon finds herself out of place in America, and homesickness settles in.

Then Eilis meets Tony Fiorella (Emory Cohen), a young Italian plumber with just the right amount of confidence and awkwardness. Eilis and Tony fall in love, and he helps her to become comfortable in her new home of Brooklyn.

Saoirse Ronan as "Eilis" in BROOKLYN. Photo by Kerry Brown. © 2
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However, unfortunate circumstances lead Eilis back to Ireland. She must decide where her home truly lies. Is it in the past she holds so dearly or her future in Brooklyn?

Brooklyn is a love story that reflects real love. None of the characters are perfect, and Eilis makes some big mistakes. The couple goes through these awkward moments and authentic challenges, and it tests whether their love can endure.

The love story in Brooklyn isn’t about magical moments. It is about finding someone who loves who you really are and pushes to be your best and choosing to love them even when it’s difficult.

Brooklyn shows us that love requires work and commitment, but true love gives us a home where we are always safe.

“And one day, the sun will come out you might not even notice straight away—it’ll be that faint. And then you’ll catch yourself thinking about something or someone who has no connection with the past. Someone who’s only yours. And you’ll realize that this is where your life is.”

-Megan R.

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