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New York in the 1950s: In order to make a better life possible for herself and her family, the young Iris Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) decides with a heavy heart to emigrate to the USA alone. With the help of the Irish priest Father Flood (Jim Broadbent) she quickly finds a place to stay in a boarding house for young women and a job as a saleswoman in a big department store. But her homesickness is hard on Eilis' soul - until she meets the Italian-born plumber Tony (Emory Cohen). In this charming young man she finds the support she has been lacking in her new life so far. Slowly a romance unfolds between them, which seems to become true love. But just as Tony reveals his plans for a future together, Eilis receives a message that forces her to immediately travel to her old homeland. But will she ever return to Brooklyn and Tony after that?
For the cinema adaptation of Colm Tóibín's bestseller "Brooklyn - A Love Between Two Worlds" author Nick Hornby could be won over. He has delivered a wonderful script, which has loosened up the many difficult, dark moments of the story with his very own dry humor. Hornby's script finds the perfect balance between drama, emotion and humor, without stepping too much into the usual cliché traps. Director John Crowley ("Boy A", "True Detective") then realized this script with a sensitive hand. The result is a really beautiful and stirring story about a young woman who has to choose not only between two men, but between two completely different lifestyles.
In principle, this is not exactly new. But the implementation of the well-known elements as well as the play of the very good actors make the story as a whole very stirring and entertaining. The only problem is that in a few moments the events are ticked off too quickly. While the film takes a lot of time to blossom the love between Eilis and Tony, what happens after Eilis' return to Ireland seems a bit rushed. It becomes clear that both professionally and romantically new possibilities arise for her, which make it tempting for her to stay in her home country and close to her mother. But in comparison to the storyline in New York, the gallop here takes us through history. As a result, the viewer is emotionally less involved than at the beginning of the movie.
So the ending doesn't seem as powerful as it could have been. Nevertheless, the dialogues, the actors and also the visually atmospheric staging, accompanied by atmospheric music, can still tear out a lot. So "Brooklyn - Eine Liebe zwischen zwei Welten" might not be a masterpiece at the end, but despite some small weaknesses it is a really nice love story about the courage to start anew and about second chances. And for that there is a very clear one: Worth seeing!
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