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lilmisslibrary Sep 09, 2016
Beautiful movie about family, love, the hardships and excitement of a new life adventure. The costume and landscape are mesmerizing.
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I liked this movie very much. I thought Saoirse Ronan's acting was wonderful and it was a nice story about leaving home and realizing what you want from life.
Ellis: You remember that after I had dinner at your house, you told me you loved me? Well, I didn't really know what to say. But I know what to say now. I have thought about you, and I like you. And I like being with you. And... maybe I feel the same way. So the next time you tell me you love me, if there is a next time... I'll say I love you too.
Jim: And I've never been anywhere. I've never even been to England but I'd like to see London and Paris and Rome. New York. It frightens me, the idea of dying without ever leaving Ireland.
Eilis: I'd forgotten.
Nancy: You have beaches in Brooklyn.
Eilis: Yes, but they're just very crowded.
Nancy: There'll probably be quite a few walkers along here later.
Eilis: Yes. It's still not the same.
Georgina: This is hell. Never again. ... The mistake was coming home from America in the first place. I'd do anything to get out of this horrible cabin. ... Have your bags ready for inspection. Don't look too innocent, though. I'll put some rouge and mascara on you. Perhaps a little eye liner. Stand up straight. Polish your shoes. And don't cough, whatever you do. Don't be rude or pushy, but don't look too nervous. Think like an American. You have to know where you're going.
Mrs. Keogh: I'll tell you this much: I am going to ask Father Flood to preach a sermon on the dangers of giddiness. I now see that giddiness is the eighth deadly sin. A giddy girl is every bit as evil as a slothful man, and the noise she makes is a lot worse.
Father Flood: I'm so sorry, Eilis. This is all my fault. I was led to believe that you didn't need looking after. Franco Bartocci says you're doing great here. Ma Kehoe says you're the nicest lodger she's ever had. ... I'd forgotten just how bad it feels to be away from home. All I can say is that it will pass. Homesickness is like most sicknesses. It'll make you feel wretched and then it'll move on to somebody else.
Eilis: You have to think like an American. You'll feel so homesick that you'll want to die, and there's nothing you can do about it apart from endure it. But you will, and it won't kill you. And one day the sun will come out - you might not even notice straight away, it'll be that faint. And then you'll catch yourself thinking about something or someone who has no connection with the past. Someone who's only yours. And you'll realize... that this is where your life is.
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