First Trailer for BROOKLYN

John Crowley's (Boy A) adaptation of Colm Toibin's novel of the same name garnered a lot of high praise coming out of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year and now we have the first trailer for it. Acquired by Fox Searchlight for $9 million the film tells of a young woman who is uprooted from 1950's Ireland and heads to Brooklyn in pursuit of a new life. The screenplay was adapted by Nick Hornby who's also written An Education and Wild as well as the novels that High Fidelity and About a Boy were based on. Adding to this clout is the rather impressive cast that is led by Saoirse Ronan. I've been a fan of Ronan's since seeing her in Atonement eight years ago and enjoyed the career trajectory she is taking as Hanna was one of my favorite films of the year in 2011 with The Lovely Bones and How I Live Now being admirable shortcomings before finding a stride again last year with Grand Budapest. Given the critical response this film has received I expected something more from the trailer, but I can see where things might be going and why, if executed as well as they seem to have been, this film will have the kind of punch that ends up placing it in more than a few Oscar categories. The period setting, the classic love story angle, the pedigreed supporting cast and the clear talent behind the camera as well as the Awards-friendly release date all prime this with a lot of expectation and though I'm a little skeptical I'm excited to see if the final product can live up to all its promise. Brooklyn also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Waters, Jim Broadbent and opens November 6th.

Synopsis: BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. 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.

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