Brooklyn ★★★★½

RATING | MASTERY

Brooklyn (2015) is a pleasant reminder of cinema's still, small voice. It's a tender story of aspiration and self-discovery, and a reminder that all of humanity is the same—we thrive in hope, we seek belonging, and we long for love.

I'm reminded of her incredible emotional range every time I see Saoirse Ronan on screen. She is unquestionably one of the most talented actors of this generation. She performs with such distinct nuance, bringing deeply emotional authenticity to each of her roles. Brooklyn shares a great deal of thematic similarity with Lady Bird (2017), one of my favorite films.

I was enchanted by the combined production design with Bélanger's intimate, vibrant cinematography. The film is shot in a way that feels reflective and internalized. Hand-held camera work distracts from the narrative in a few instances, but luckily never severs emotional attachment.

The film made me feel warm, I'm very pleased.