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Saoirse Ronan earned a Best Supporting Oscar nomination at age 13 for her performance in “Atonement,” and now eight years later she’s back in the awards race for the first time as a full-fledged leading lady.
In John Crowley’s crowdpleaser “Brooklyn,” based on Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel of the same name, Ronan gives a vibrant and emotionally wrenching performance as Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant navigating a new life alone in Brooklyn amidst casual racism, culture shock and new experiences. A newfound romance with an Italian-American boy (Emory Cohen), however, soon rids her of her homesickness — until something back in Ireland tears her between her budding love in Brooklyn and the comfort of her past life in Ireland. Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters also star.
The clip above comes from one of the film’s most humorous scenes and finds Ronan at her most gentle and sensitive. The film offers the actress no shortage of big emotional moments, but it’s in these quieter scenes where her restraint goes miles in making “Brooklyn” a worthwhile journey.