Thursday, December 17, 2015

Let's go to the cinema. . . . . . . .

We absolutely loved this film. 
Set in the '50's, it's the story of a young woman coming to New York
from a small town in Ireland in search of a better life. There is an 
unusual twist. . . . . . . but I'll not give it away here and spoil it, just go watch it 
for yourself, and take your hanky or lots of tissues!

Bob shed a few tears and held my hand in several scenes (more on that 
another time - but as you may know, I too left my home country for America at
 a young age, therefore so much of this story resonates with me). 
 I cried buckets and was grateful I'd used waterproof mascara that day!

Saoirse Ronan was once again amazing - what a wonderful actress
she has become, and still only 21. One of very few Irish actresses to appear
 in the last fifty years or so, her performance in 'Brooklyn' solidifies her transition
 from child star (in 'Atonement', 'The Lovely Bones' etc.) to major actress.

. . . . . . and don't feel bad if, like most people unfamiliar with the correct 
pronunciation of many Irish names, you have trouble with this one, 
Saoirse is pronounced "SEER-sha" - just so you know, and you will want to be 
talking about this special actress a lot in the future.

This is a just released new movie - you may not find it in your 
area yet, and I doubt on Netflix for some time. Be sure to put it
on your list though.


  1. I have never watched that movie...but now I will.

  2. Dear Mary
    Colm Toibin writes beautifully and I enjoyed the book immensely.
    I'm drawn to Irish writers because of my heritage. Colm writes with such tenderness in spite of harsh times . You’ll know what I mean when you visit Ireland Mary.
    The film starts its NZ season on 21st January - I'll be there!
    I’m forewarned and prepared to shed bucket loads too!


  3. Thanks for the recommendation. I did see it advertised and thought it sounded good. We were talking about going to the movies sometime between Christmas and New Year's. I think this one would be a good one.

  4. Thank you for the review. Can't wait.

  5. Sounds like a good movie, although I'm finding lately that life is full of harsh things and I want happiness in my leisure time.

  6. Thanks ever so much for telling your readers how to pronounce Saoirse; I would never have guessed. I love Colm Toibin's books, but I have no clue when it comes to pronouncing Irish names, and for that reason am reluctant to try books with an Irish setting. Every time I come to a name I can't pronounce, it's like a roadblock has been thrown up and I have to stop and think about how to pronounce the name before I can move on. This movie, however, is definitely on my list as I enjoyed reading the book quite some time ago.

  7. I want to see this too, Mary, but like you, am afraid it will hit too close to home and make me well up with tears too much. Not sure I can do it. HOw easy it is for people now though with the advent of computers and email and internet! no long delays between shipped letters!


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