I am definitely the target audience for Brooklyn.
I have wanted to live in New York since the day I found out it existed. My family is Irish Catholic, although it’s been a very long time since we were Irish, and a little while since anyone was a practicing Catholic.
Despite this, I was not convinced I was going to enjoy Brooklyn, the new film starring Saoirse Ronan released in Australia on February 11.
But I am an idiot. Because it is wonderful.
The story of Eilis (pronounced AY-lish) Lacey a young Irish woman trying to make it in 1952 New York is exactly what you would expect.
Eilis is homesick, she has few friends, she hates her job, she wants to go home.
But then she meets a man, Tony, an Italian plumber with a love of Irish women (played beautifully by Emory Cohen), and everything begins to improve.
Eilis takes book-keeping classes, she wins the trust and respect of the cranky woman who runs the boarding house she lives in (Julie Walters being fantastic as Madge Kehoe) and she falls very deeply in love with Tony.
The scene where she practices eating spaghetti before dinner with Tony’s family is worth the price of the ticket alone.
But of course there is a catch. Eilis gets some terrible news and decides to go home for a visit.
There she sees a very different side of the town she left behind, meets another man she could perhaps spend her life with, and also finds a job.