'Brooklyn' Ruminates on Immigration and Isolation

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Brooklyn director John Crowley and star Saoirse Ronan appeared on NPR's Fresh Air to discuss their new film which follows the plight of a young girl who emigrates from Ireland to New York in the 1950s.

"When I was 27, I moved from Dublin to London to carry on directing plays...I was struck by how different the city seems when you actually move there, when you don't have a return ticket, as it were. And my relationship to Ireland changed fundamentally. And I was quite struck by that," explains Crowley. "I thought homesickness was - I don't know, I suppose I thought it was the preserve of unhappy immigrants who had to leave because of economic deprivation. And because I had been over and back to London all the time, I didn't actually think I'd feel that. And this book by Colm Toibin captures that sense of sort of displacement and Dublin-ness that you feel when you leave your country, which is that you're obviously not from the country that you are now calling home and - but equally, you're not from home anymore either. You've become something else, which is an exile, I suppose, for a while."

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