Posted in British film, Canadian Film, Irish Film

BROOKLYN (2015)

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A film by John Crowley

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson

In the 50s, a young Irishwoman leaves his mother and his dear sister and moved to New York. After a difficult start, she found a job in a department store and falls for a young Italian. On the occasion of a drama, she momentarily returned to Ireland  where she meets a new man. Torn between modern America and the roots of his homeland, and torn between two world, she soon finds himself confronted with a choice: what life she wants to lead?

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There is a certain beauty in this old fashion film. It is so well told and filmed.Ellis Lacey ( Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish girl looking to escape the little opportunities her town has to offer in the 1950s. With the help of her older sister, who must stay behind to take care of their mother, Ellis is given a chance at a better life in America. The trip along on a ship which she survives she arrives in Brooklyn where there is a difference of culture. She gets some help from the family priest (Jim Broadbent) who sets her up in a boarding house run by the strict and lovable Mrs. Kehoe (Julie Walters) who doe not take shit from them, but has a soft spot for Ellis. Things are not going so well for Ellis, she is homesick and has a hard time to adjust to her new setting. But just when she least expects it, a night on the town ends with her meeting Tony (Emory Cohen), an Italian boy who slowly breaks Ellis out her shell. They get along just fine and soon falls in love. A sudden news has to bring back Ellis to Ireland where she is going to be torn between the two world and choose which one to be in.

It is a beautiful intimate and romantic film and so perfectly film that you must see it or at least put it on your list. the performance of Satires Ronan and even the film remind me of those film back in the 40’s, 50’s. The thing is is what I have done I came to the states for 35 years and came back to France, and I never forgot where I came from.

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Posted in Canadian Film, Irish Film

ROOM (2015)

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A film by Lenny Abrahamson

Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Joan Allen

The connection of a child and a mother will be put to the test in Lenny Abrahamson’s devastating and moving drama, “Room”, an adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s acclaimed novel. Bria Larson’s performance was so moving that she won an oscar. Jacob Tremblay was nominated but did not win although in the near future this kid is going to be a star and what of performance this kid pulled.

Having said that here we go Ma is a 20 something years old (Larson) has been trapped in a 10-by-10 foot shed for  years. Kidnapped and held captive by someone she’s come to call Old Nick, Ma exists to take care of her 5-year-old son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay), whose world has only consisted of this little tiny room. Jack greets the common household objects like close-knit family members: the refrigerator, the lamp, the rug. Everything they have, which doesn’t include a pair of scissors to cut Jack’s overlong hair, it has to be request to old Nick. When he comes jack hide in the closet where there si a bed so Jack can sleep. Ma makes the best of jack education of the world and how to use his imagination. Ma always put Jack first before her own need like any mother will do.

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The thing is here you see a kid who has been in a room for years and if he gets loose and can’t out how will he react. Not easy for an actor to do specially a kid actor who pull that off very well. You kind of feel for the mother who is trying to be a regular person but can’t somehow, well she is struggling with it. On the other hand Jack is doing fine. He is adjusting and becomes  a regular kid. You see the tradition of both to try to make some sense and to go on with their life. All of the cast here has don a terrific performance as well as william Macy who play the grandfather who can’t look Jack in the eye. I am going to d-stop here just in case you did not see the film yet. Do not miss this one either.

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