Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen on the Highs and Lows of Making ‘Brooklyn’

     November 23, 2015


Saoirse Ronan leads Brooklyn as Eilis Lacey, a young Irish woman who emigrates to Brooklyn, New York in the 1950s. At first, she isn’t particularly thrilled with her job and is homesick for her mother and sister back home, but then she meets and falls for Tony (Emory Cohen), a kind, warm Italian boy eager to sweep Eilis off her feet. But, just when Brooklyn is starting to feel like home, a family tragedy strikes and forces Eilis to reconsider where she’ll build her future.

Back in September, I got the opportunity to talk to Ronan, Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson at the Toronto International Film Festival. We already shared the portion of the chat on feeling homesick and how to combat it, but now it’s time for a little High/Low, a game during which they pick a high moment and a low moment from making the film. Check out what Ronan, Cohen and Gleeson chose in the video below.

Brooklyn is currently in select theaters and is due to expand on November 25th. Click here to check out the full list of theaters. (If it’s playing near you, I can’t recommend it enough!)


Here’s the official synopsis for Brooklyn:

BROOKLYN tells the 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 Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.  The film is directed by John Crowley from a screenplay by Nick Hornby based on the novel by Colm Tóibín.  The film also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen with Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.


Image via Fox Searchlight


Image via Fox Searchlight


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