The sentiment “you can never go home again” is poignantly explored in “Brooklyn,” Fox Searchlight’s tremendous drama (read our eview from Sundance) about an Irish immigrant who moves to America in the 1950s, leaving friends, family and familiarity behind. The movie boasts a luminous, Oscar-worthy performance by the young Irish actor Saoirse Ronan and is directed with exquisite, perceptive empathy by director John Crowley (“Boy-A,” the best episodes of “True Detective” season two). But “Brooklyn” is about more than homesickness.
“When you leave your home, your relationship to home has changed: you’re hovering and it’s very confusing,” Crowley told USA Today recently. And at the time of shooting, his “Brooklyn” star was living in London away from Ireland, and thus art imitated life. “[Saoirse] wanted to know if it ever gets easier. It was that profoundly off-balancing.”
“Brooklyn” is a beautiful film across the board, displaying exemplary craft through costuming, cinematography, art direction and more. But aside from its lead and thoughtful direction, the movie’s ace-in-the-hole might be its lovely, plaintive music by composer Michael Brook, whose previous work includes the scores for “Into the Wild,” “The Fighter,” “Heat” and “Traffic.”
The “Brooklyn” soundtrack score comes out digitally and physically via Lakeshore Records on Friday, November 6th. Below, we’ve got an exclusive album preview from the soundtrack, plus four exclusive full-length cuts by Brook. “Brooklyn” opens in limited release on Wednesday, October 4th and expands in the weeks that follow. As a bonus, we also have a few new images via EW and a 30 minute BFI chat with Crowley below as well.