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Casadh an tSúgáin

The audience fell silent as the song played in the theater. Translated into “The Twisting of the Rope”, Casadh an tSúgáin was a symbolic component of the movie; it was the first time in which the main character-a young immigrant woman-witnessed Irish culture celebrated in America, it was the first time she finally felt that she was not alone.

Amidst all the big names currently playing worldwide, it is hard to notice the modest film, playing only in select theaters. I had the great pleasure of watching the new highly acclaimed, yet mostly unheard of, film Brooklyn, over Thanksgiving Break. I went into the theater with no knowledge whatsoever of the film, having never seen its trailer, nor having read its reviews online. But, in all honesty, that is the way this movie should be seen – with no expectations set in mind before entering. So, without further ado, if you have any inclination to go watch this, I’d flip the page right now, and come back to it later. But for those of you persistent enough to continue, I earnestly hope this article doesn’t take away from your experience when watching.

At first glimpse, one can conclude that this movie is conventional- it has an ordinary heroine, a simple plot – kind of like a been-there-done-that type of thing. And yes, when boiled down to its absolute core, that is all this movie is- a story of an immigrant girl coming to America and adapting to life here. However, this movie is so much more than that-it is an opportunity for the audience to relate with the young girl leaving her family and old life miles behind, an opportunity for the audience members to see the young solemn girl they began the movie with, adapt into an independent American woman.

Up-and-coming Irish actress, Saorise Ronan, did a wonderful job embodying the character of Eilis Lacey-a young woman who is forced to adapt to life alone in America. In addition, Emory Cohen, a rather unknown actor, gave a remarkable performance, especially with his ability to portray just the right amount of vulnerability-just enough to perfectly complement Eilis Lacey.

This movie is made even more exceptional through restraint. The directors did not drag out storylines, nor did the actors overemphasize their parts. The simplicity of the movie allowed the actors and the overall message to shine through clearly. “Home is home,” as Tony says. And these three words are held with the audience from the start to the end of the movie.

Seen as a serious Oscar contender (, the next time you find yourself in need of a new movie, consider Brooklyn. It is a movie that will leave you coming out of the theater with a new perspective. It’ll remind you that wherever you end up going, you will adapt to life there, and incorporating the new along the old, you will make that place your home.

Brooklyn Movie Poster