Brooklyn, The Movie - There Goes Monica

Brooklyn, The Movie

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Movies have played a big part in my life. I grew up speaking Spanish and when my family immigrated to America, movies were the way I learned English. I would watch movies in English and even if I did not understand them, I would put English subtitles and try to read as they said the words on screen. With books as extra support, these were the two main mediums that helped me practice reading English at the age of 10. I fell in love with movies and they became my favorite escape not only for learning but for cultural exploration. I learned about American culture on the silver screen before I could really experience it for myself.

Two weeks ago I was contacted by The Mission List who invited me to a screening of Brooklyn. I do not think I have every been more excited to receive any email, let alone be invited to a screening. I had read Brooklyn earlier this year and was completely consumed with the message. Travel, immigration, and female empowerment all in one book, and now one movie? Count me in!

Brooklyn follows the life of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young, Irish women who immigrates to America in the 1950's. She arrives in Brooklyn to a strange life, job, and housemates. While trying to cope with homesickness, she finds love unknowingly and acquires a new lease on life as she starts to embrace the cultural melt pot of America. It starts Saoirse Ronan who does a magnificent job of portraying Eilis. You may know her from Academy Award nominated movies as Atonement, The Great Budapest Hotel, and The Host. The film also stars Domhnall Gleeson who you might remember from About Time.

The subject that pushed me to first read this book and then watch the movie was immigration. Immigration plays such a big part in my life, from being an immigrant myself to the sacrifices my parents did to get me here safely and legally. It was the same sacrifice Eilis' sister made to send her to America. I think people have a very skewed image on immigration and this movie highlights a way not seen often in America content. The aspect of coming to a strange country, to a life and culture you have no precedent for is difficult. 

Brooklyn opens in Los Angeles and New York Friday November 7th and nationwide, in selected theater, Friday November 13th.  I hope you all make time to watch this incredible and inspiring film with your friends and family.  Watch the trailer below!

This post is made possible by support from Fox Searchlight Pictures. All opinions are my own.

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