Perhaps the most highly anticipated Irish film of the year, John Crowley’s adaptation of Colm Toibin’s novel “Brooklyn,” is set to hit select theaters on November 4.
In advance, “The Hollywood Reporter” snagged an exclusive clip, starring Saoirse Ronan as the main character, Ellis Lacey, a recent Irish immigrant to New York, and Jim Broadbent as Father Flood, the expat Irish priest who helps Ellis get her life set up in Brooklyn.
Their brief conversation will touch the heart of anyone who has ever left home behind, and anyone who has been moved by the kindness of a near stranger.
“Why are you helping me?” Ellis asks, when Father Flood tells her he has paid for her first semester of book keeping class.
“Because we need more Irish girls in Brooklyn,” he explains.
“I wish that I could stop feeling that I want to an Irish girl in Ireland,” she replies.
Hearing of Ellis’ homesickness, he advises "All I can say is that it will pass. Homesickness is like most sicknesses, it will make you feel wretched, and it will move on to somebody else."
The synopsis for “Brooklyn” reads "Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within."
The project hit close to home for Ronan, who was born in the Bronx, but returned to live in Ireland as a child.
“Brooklyn” earned rave reviews at this year’s Sundance film festival and has been pegged as an Oscar contender.
Here’s the full trailer: