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As a fundamental aspect of the American Dream, we remake ourselves, but we also redefine the meaning of home, too. This idea lives and breathes in director John Crowley’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel (working with screenwriter Nick Hornby), which explores the personal journey of Eilis (Saoirse Ronan), a smart young Irish girl stifled by the lack of opportunity in her homeland in the 1950s.

With the assistance of her older sister Rose (Fiona Glascott), Eilis takes advantage of the chance to cross the ocean to venture to America in search of her version of the Dream. Brooklyn is full of enchanting nostalgia and old-school charm. It is a film in which the conflict is not dire, although much is at stake. It dares to dream an old dream, and we are reminded of the powerful allure of home. (PG-13) Grade: A