Rated: PG-13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: November 4, 2015 Released by: Fox Searchlight Pictures
The Irish immigrant undertaking is handled with idealistic delicate flair by John Crowley (Boy A, Closed Circuit) with potent understatement by headliner Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Muppets Most Wanted). As well as the retention of a capable ensemble complements of casting director Fiona Weir and the writer of An Education and About A Boy.
An initial setting during the early 1950s is Wexford County in southern eastern Ireland where unassuming early 20s Eilis Lacey (Ronan) is averse to leaving her widowed mother (Jane Brennan) and older sister (Fiona Glascott) on a Catholic Church directive to relocate and have gainful employment in the titular New York City borough.
The ocean trek leads to a cramped boardinghouse where Eilis had to deal with no-nonsense Mrs. Kehoe (Julie Walters of Billy Elliott, Effie Gray) and her strait-laced personality isn't really a good fit to attract patrons. The hankering young woman gets help from amiable Fr. Flood (Jim Broadbent of Paddington and Closed Circuit as well as Cloud Atlas and Le-Week-end).
Accounting at night and dancing at Church draws the attention of impulsive Italian/American plumber Tony (Emory Cohen of The Place Beyond The Pines) who particular enjoys Gaelic gals. Spaghetti-eating etiquette offers a humorous interlude before the burgeoning relationship hits a calamitous bump prompting a sudden return home. Adding to the stormy fervidness is another interested handsome suitor, Jim Farrell (Domnhall Gleeson of About Time, Ex Machina and the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
Crowley effectively conveys the ups-and-downs of life and love through the instinctive work of Ronan (utilizing her own accent) and Nick Hornby's agreeably developed scripting (from an adored Colm Toibin book). An effulgent production adds to sweetly sentient story of acclimatization with crisp craftsmanship from production designer Francois Seguin, costumer Odile Ficks-Mireaux, composer Michael Brook, as well as the editing of Jake Roberts, art direction of Robert Parle, and set decoration by Suzanne Cloutier. Quite appealing arthouse fare during the early holiday movie season could elicit better word-of-mouth thanexpected because of the high-caliber, mature portrait by Ronan who shouldn't go unnoticed this awards season.